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Posted on: July 3, 2023

Building Resilience in the Wake of Drought

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Following years of severe drought, Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) is providing an update on the current water supply situation. With our Los Vaqueros Reservoir at a promising 78% capacity after significant storms this past winter led to more water in the Delta, we are making progress in our drought recovery efforts. However, we must continue to prioritize water efficiency to ensure a sustainable future for all. Let's explore the current state of our water supply and the importance of lifelong water conservation.

Water Supply Update

Thanks to the generous snowstorms and rainfall this past winter, the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, a vital water storage reservoir for CCWD, stands at a commendable 78% full as of June 30, 2023. This is a significant improvement compared to November 30, 2022, when the reservoir was 47% full. The 50,000 acre-foot increase in Los Vaqueros Reservoir since last fall is attributed to water pumped in directly from Contra Costa Water District’s intakes in the Delta that came from snowpack in the Sierras, as well as some runoff from local rainfall. However, it's important to remember that we are still in drought recovery mode. The recent wet season offers hope, but we must remain diligent in our efforts to use water wisely.

Staying Water-Efficient for Life

While the increased water supply is encouraging, it is crucial for all CCWD customers to continue practicing water efficiency in their daily lives.  Doing our part to help, we have services and rebates available to help customers make water efficiency a way of life. Conserving water remains an essential part of our collective responsibility to ensure a sustainable future. By adopting water-efficient habits, we can make a significant impact on both our community and the environment. Find tips for water-efficient living.

The amount of water stored in Los Vaqueros Reservoir in July (right) increased by about 65% since November 2022 (left).

Los Vaqueros 2022 and 2023

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