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NID urges customers to continue to conserve water

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As dry summer weather stretches into fall, the Nevada Irrigation District is urging customers to continue water conservation efforts in face of a four-year drought.

NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger reported at Wednesday’s meeting of the NID Board of Directors that conservation by domestic water users slipped to 18.5 percent in September (measured against 2013 usage levels). District customers achieved 36 percent conservation in June and July and 38 percent in August.

NID customers are being asked to reduce water usage by 36 percent under an executive order issued in April by Gov. Brown. Customers did an excellent job reducing outdoor water use during the summer months; however, as winter approaches conservation must be shifted from outdoor to indoor water savings.

With NID’s six-month irrigation season ending Wednesday, Scherzinger said canal flows are being reduced and remaining water is being held in storage.

As of Oct. 7, NID reservoirs held 135,241 acre-feet of water, which is 86 percent of average for the date and 51 percent of capacity.

For more information on the drought and other NID activities, see the fall issue of the district’s quarterly newsletter, NID WaterWays, at http://www.nidwater.com. The website also features a section on water efficiency and conservation.

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