California exempts Santa Cruz from emergency water use restrictions

The California State Water Resources Control Board has granted Santa Cruz an exemption from newly approved emergency water use restrictions, the city announced Wednesday.According to the city’s water department, existing conservation measures exceed the goals required under stage 2 of the state’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan.The state water board approved the measure on May 24 and went into effect on June 10.California also cited Santa Cruz’s reliance on local water sources for its exemption. The city’s main water source is Loch Lomond Reservoir. “Despite a mostly dry winter and spring, storms in October and December significantly improved storage in Loch Lomond Reservoir,” said Rosemary Menard, the city’s water director. “While many reservoirs across the state are well below 50% capacity – some as low as 25% – Santa Cruz’s reservoir sits at 90% full.” If California sees another dry rainy season, Santa Cruz water officials said the current water stored at Loch Lomond Reservoir will get the city through next year if residents continue to use water efficiently.

The California State Water Resources Control Board has granted Santa Cruz an exemption from newly approved emergency water use restrictions, the city announced Wednesday.

According to the city’s water department, existing conservation measures exceed the goals required under stage 2 of the state’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

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The state water board approved the measure on May 24 and went into effect on June 10.

California also cited Santa Cruz’s reliance on local water sources for its exemption. The city’s main water source is Loch Lomond Reservoir.

“Despite a mostly dry winter and spring, storms in October and December significantly improved storage in Loch Lomond Reservoir,” said Rosemary Menard, the city’s water director. “While many reservoirs across the state are well below 50% capacity – some as low as 25% – Santa Cruz’s reservoir sits at 90% full.”

If California sees another dry rainy season, Santa Cruz water officials said the current water stored at Loch Lomond Reservoir will get the city through next year if residents continue to use water efficiently.

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