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Voluntary Water Cutbacks Requested NID Customers

Repairs to PGE’s South Yuba Canal in the Lowell area east of Nevada City, which was damaged during heavy rains in early February have not been completed yet. So the Nevada Irrigation District is taking steps to prevent possible water shortages for its customers. Public Affairs spokeswoman Susan Holt says the effects of the record levels of precipitation are still being felt…

click to listen to Susan Holt

So Holt says the District is asking residential and agricultural customers for a 25% voluntary reduction in water consumption through the end of the month, mainly outdoors…

click to listen to Susan Holt

Holt says it’s hoped repairs of the canal will be completed by around the first of June. A landslide caused a section of the elevated canal to break free of its footings, creating a breach, taking out about 100 feet of flume, interrupting service. NID then declared a state of emergency to expedite repairs, to minimize impacts to customers. Officials say they’ve been utilizing all available supplies and numerous pumping facilities to keep pace with demand. That’s provided adequate flows, but they say it may not be sustainable, as natural runoff dwindles.

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