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EBMUD purchases Sacramento River water

Original post made on May 3, 2014

As California's historic drought continues, the East Bay Municipal Utility District is tapping the Sacramento River to help its 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties weather the dry spring without water rationing, district officials have announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 2, 2014, 11:05 AM

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Posted by Roz Rogoff
a resident of San Ramon
on May 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

San Ramon and Danville are lucky we are not getting Sacramento River water. The snowpack runoff from EBMUD is the purest water in this region. Dublin and Dougherty Valley get Delta water from Zone 7, which is hard and has a funny taste. It is safe to drink but not as pleasant as EBMUD water

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Posted by Ms. bunny
a resident of San Ramon
on May 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

Yes, you're right Roz. I'm amazed at HOW MANY don't realize our water source has been the Molekeme river for years. Zone 7 water IS, well, not very palatable. While I applaud the work EBMUD has been doing in water conservation, we're walking a hugely fine line with a couple of new developments further impacting water supplies (-the TH complex around Norris canyon - but really, the LARGER Faria development coming our way. Unfortunately, NOT scaled down like it needs to be due to both water resources AND emergency services) And the "beat" goes on...Some relief on the horizon with El Nino approaching, but I sure wouldn't "bank" on that. Los Vaqueros really does need to expand, sooner than later.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

Reading between the lines, it seems likely that the San Pablo (local) reservoir was low (providing water for towns in that part of the district, including where I work), whereas the Pardee and Comanche reservoirs on the Mokelumne have a pretty good level.

San Pablo reservoir water has never seemed quite as good-tasting as the Sierra snow melt from Pardee/Comanche - we in Danville and nearby are lucky to be fed from Pardee/Comanche.

This map doesn't really show the full routing of water, and which areas of the district get water from the various sources, but you can get a rough idea:

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