Dear Shareholders,

Governor Brown has declared an end to the drought. We have had 2 very good rainy seasons, which we are all thankful for. I think these last few years of drought have taught us a lot about being water wise.

March Water Usage (shown on the graph below)
The water usage in March was higher than last year by 15%.
I think a lot of this was because more shareholders came up to enjoy the great skiing and snow sports last month.

  • Here is the breakdown of the usage by year.
  • 2013 3,233,000 gallons
  • 2014 2,973,000 gallons
  • 2015 2,587,000 gallons
  • 2016 2,488,000 gallons
  • 2017 2,942,000 gallons

Drought
Water levels in the Wells are higher than they have been in many years, thanks to the 2 recent wet winters, and our agreement with CCWD to purchase water for half of our demand. We are considering reducing water restrictions in Blue Lake Springs to a voluntary Stage 1 condition. I will let you know when and if we take this step, but I don’t feel that heavy restriction is in order right now. I will continue to monitor our well recovery and water usage for the rest of 2017, but heading into the Summer months we are looking great.
Please remember the lessons of this past drought and be aware of your water use.

David Hicks
General Manager
Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Co.
P.O.Box 6015, Arnold, CA 95223
Ph: (209) 795-7025

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