Rancho Calaveras, CA — A voluntary water conservation schedule is still in effect for the Rancho Calaveras subdivision and leaders are considering keeping it that way through September.
Calaveras County Water District General Manager David Andres says Wednesday he will ask the district board of directors to continue the conservation and begin some long term efforts to remedy the problem.
A power surge last month knocked out a water pump, leaving 2,000 residents without water. Pumps were switched but water was not coming into the system fast enough to meet demand.
Now, thanks to the voluntary conservation, Andres says the tanks are pretty much full.
The entire system was designed to service approximately 5,000 customers. The district currently has more than 3,500 customers.
According to Andres, the reason for the problem is that customers are using more water than ever before.
That´s why the long-term solution has to include conservation, he says.
Another solution, which Andres will ask the board about, is to bring a new pipe from the main transmission line into the area.
The board meets at 9 a.m., Wednesday at the district offices on East Saint Charles Street in San Andreas.
Written by Vanessa Turner.