EID Declares Stage 1 Water Alert by El Dorado Irrigation District Jun 29, 2021 Member Submitted News PLACERVILLE — At its meeting on June 28, 2021, the EID Board of Directors voted unanimously to declare a drought emergency and to authorize a Stage 1 Water Alert for all District service areas. The objective of a Stage 1 Water Alert is to initiate public awareness of a possible water shortage in the near future and to encourage water conservation. “Small voluntary adjustments reducing water use, implemented early, can positively impact the District’s carryover water storage,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “This is especially important should precipitation levels during the 2021/2022 fall and winter season remain low.” Stage 1 actions target up to a 15 percent demand reduction compared to 2020 levels through the implementation of voluntary customer actions. Along with many staff actions centered on customer outreach, water waste, monitoring of demands and District water supplies, EID’s Drought Action Plan identifies the following voluntary measures focused on outdoor irrigation as a way to achieve water savings. Apply irrigation water during evening and early morning hours only (7 PM to 10 AM) Inspect irrigation system for leaks and then repair or replace Adjust sprinkler run times to avoid runoff EID maintains a drought information webpage where resources are posted regarding ways to achieve a 15 percent water reduction for both indoor and outdoor use. Rebates for qualifying water saving items, low-flow plumbing retrofits, as well as complimentary landscape surveys are available to help customers identify ways to decrease water use while also maintaining the health of outside landscapes. To ensure important information gets to EID customers in a timely manner, District customers can make sure their phone and email contact information is up to date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (530) 642-4000 or (916) 965-0930, or complete our online form to update your contact information. “EID uses these email addresses to communicate significant messages like potential water outages and other important communications like urgent drought information,” said EID Customer Service Manager Jenny Downey. “EID will never share your email with third parties and will aim to only share important messages that bring increased information and awareness to our customers.” Sign up for eNews to receive electronic notifications regarding drought and other topics of interest. The District will also be using its social media channels, including Facebook and Nextdoor to communicate important information. ### EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.