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Sonora, CA – Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) is requesting that customers conserve water for two weeks as Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) makes safety repairs and conducts maintenance on flume sections of the Tuolumne Main Canal.

The PG&E Tuolumne Main Canal, which conveys 95% of the district’s drinking water supply, will be shut down from the Lyons Reservoir Sunday, May 14th through Sunday, May 21st to allow for utility crews to make repairs and improvements. That leaves the only water available to customers in storage tanks and from limited-capacity groundwater wells. TUD officials detail, “Conservation during this period is necessary to ensure adequate water supply for drinking, sanitary usage, and fire protection.”

District officials offered these ways that customers can help during the outage:

  • Limit outside watering.
  • Do not wash vehicles.
  • Turn off automatic lawn and drip sprinkler timers.
  • Repair water leaks.

After the week-long outage, customers are asked to continue to conserve for an additional week to enable the water storage supply to recover.

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