Published on June 28th, 2015 | by The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento water agencies brace for historic drop in Folsom Lake levels
olsom Lake is losing more than a billion gallons of water each day. Lake levels will likely fall to historic lows by summer’s end, testing the reliability of a water supply that once seemed invulnerable.
The region’s top water officials say they are ready: Scared, but prepared. They have imposed significant, mandatory water-use rules on their customers. Water districts closest to the lake are connecting their systems with those that don’t depend on it for a water supply. Several have dug wells and installed pumps to improve their access to groundwater.
The districts also have an insurance policy: A planned barge that, if it works, will pump water from Folsom Lake even if lake levels fall below permanent intake valves.
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