Sonora, CA – Tuolumne Utilities District (T.U.D.) called on customers to conserve water earlier this month for its “Ditch Outage” that started October 8th. T.U.D. says its primary water supply is currently shut down as PG&E continues annual maintenance on the Main Canal until Monday, October 15, 2012.
Now T.U.D. has targeted several areas to remind them to limit tap use. Those areas include Cedar Ridge, Crystal Falls, Sugar Pine, Brentwood and Sonora Vista. T.U.D. says the water storage tanks in those areas are on a limited water supply until water is restored into the ditch system.
T.U.D. spokesperson Lisa Westbrook says “Without water coming in from the ditches, the only water available is what remains in the storage tank and wells. The levels aren’t critical at this point. We are just monitoring it. The storage tanks are at adequate levels in those areas, but they could drop more than they should.”
T.U.D. says conservation during this time will help provide adequate water supply for drinking, sanitary usage and fire protection.
They say residents can help by:
Limit outside watering
Do not wash cars or hose down driveways
Turn off automatic lawn and drip sprinkler timers
Repair water leaks
T.U.D. is also asking customers to continue to conserve water for one week after the outage in order to recover water storage.