Manteca’s water use skyrocketed in July as a long string of 100-plus degree days prompted an increase in landscape watering.
Even so, last month’s use was 11 percent below July 2013 — the base year the state judges how well jurisdictions are conserving water.
Water conservation has been declared the new norm by Manteca and state leaders.
uNew state mandates require all users of groundwater in specific basins to develop a net zero policy meaning in a given year they cannot pump put more water than an aquifer takes in.
uManteca — as well as other cities that rely on water from the Stanislaus, Merced, and Tuolumne watersheds could be hit hard if the state succeeds in commandeering 360,000 acre feet between February and June each year to improve fish flows. It could, in a normal water year, reduce Manteca’s surface water supply by at least 20 percent.
uThere has finally been the realization after the fourth major drought since 1976-77, that climatologists are likely correct that the period between 1850 and 1975 in California in terms of snow and rain was probably an abreaction meaning the state is more susceptible to drought than most people have believed.
Manteca, for those reasons and more, is still actively enforcing its water conservation rules that restrict when people can water as well as how they can use water outdoors.
In the first six months of the year, Manteca has reduced water use by 28 percent over 2013 levels.
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