Alternative Watering Solution – Using Graywater

The historic drought continues to worsen. Snow-pack levels were found to be less than 5-7 percent of average in the last survey of the year.

On January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to historically low snow and rainfall and declining reservoir levels. As part of the declaration, the Governor called for an immediate, voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use per person.

On April 1, 2015, for the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent.

The Board in response to the drought has mandated Drought Stage 3 of the Blue Lake Springs Mutual Water Company Drought Action Plan. Mandatory restrictions on water include suspension of all outside watering and 35% reduction in water usage. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had many shareholders call the office inquiring about the County’s current restrictions on alternative watering such as graywater. You asked, and we have the answers.