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Los Vaqueros Reservoir and Watershed News

Posted on: September 6, 2023

Strategic Storage


1.6 Billion Gallons of Freshwater Added to Los Vaqueros in August

As the snowpack in the Sierras steadily melts, an ongoing process that contributes to the continuous flow of water into the Sacramento River, a bountiful supply of pristine freshwater flows into the Delta. Seizing this opportunity, CCWD filled the Los Vaqueros Reservoir during the month of August. 

Late summer is typically a season when the waters of the Delta have a higher salinity due to various natural factors, rendering it less suitable for immediate use. However, the conditions in the Delta enabled us to preserve an impressive additional volume of 1.6 billion gallons of freshwater in the reservoir in August alone. This proactive approach aligns with CCWD's commitment to securing and managing water resources effectively, particularly by storing the ample freshwater when it is abundantly available for use during times of greater demand.

By storing this significant volume of freshwater in Los Vaqueros Reservoir, CCWD continues ensuring the availability of a vital resource for future use, as well as contributes to the overall resilience of the region's water supply.

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