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Water Officials Urge Conservation Despite Full Reservoirs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Officials say one series of spring storms will not make up for dry conditions.

"We've had a little bit of rain, it's been great. But we still need Sacramento area residents to use water efficiently."

Linda Yager is with the Regional Water Authority…an agency that represents two-dozen water providers and affiliates in the Sacramento area.

The latest snow survey from the Department of Water Resources finds the snow's water content is about 55% of normal for this time of year. Because of last year's surplus, the state's reservoirs are full.

But Yager says that could be depleted at any time.

"There could be a need in the delta for habitat for fish. There could be, for any sort of health and safety. So at any point in time the state can ask Folsom or any of the further up reservoirs to release that water."

Yager says people can save water by fixing leaky sprinklers and putting low-water use plants in their yards.

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