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East Bay to tap Sacramento River water for 1st time

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POSTED April 23, 2014 8:04 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — To cope with drought conditions, the East Bay Municipal Utility District will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever.

The Sacramento Bee reports the district’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to begin tapping supplies from the river’s Freeport Regional Water Project starting this month.

The district helped build the Freeport project in partnership with Sacramento County at a cost of nearly $1 billion. It has not used the diversion since it was completed in 2010.

The district, which serves 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, normally gets most of its water from its own reservoir and pipeline system on the Mokelumne River.

To stretch this supply, it called on customers this winter to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 10 percent.

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