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SCV water officials eye conservation measures in light of drought

Posted: February 3, 2014 6:47 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2014 6:47 p.m.

State water officials have turned off the tap that supplies half of Santa Clarita Valley’s water as California’s dry fall and early winter slides into a dry late winter with no sign of relief.

The Castaic Lake Water Agency, which sells Northern California water to local retailers, learned Friday that it would see no allocations of that water this year.

State Department of Water Resources officials had said late last year that allocations might be just 5 percent of the amount requested by Castaic Lake and other water wholesalers who receive northern water through the State Water Project and sell it to retailers.

But on Friday they said there would be no water at all.

“As a result, everyone — farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns — will get less water,” department Director Mark Cowin said. “The department’s actions are in direct response to Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s drought state of emergency.”

“We’re going to have to try and start conserving every last drop of water,” Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, said Monday.

“Mother Nature needs to kick back in,” he said of the lack of precipitation.

Tuesday afternoon, Masnada meets with representatives of Santa Clarita Valley’s four water retailers and officials from both the city and the county to discuss the ramifications of the drought.

Those at the meeting will consider “short-term water projections” and a “Stage 1 drought declaration,” which focuses on water conservation.

The forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley remains considerably better than for some communities around the state whose water supplies are literally drying up. Santa Clarita Valley residents sit atop two aquifers and an underground river.

The water meeting is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
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