NID approves water conservation plan |

NID approves water conservation plan

NID officials are confident customers will get a full supply of water this summer if it doesn’t get too hot.

But the board this morning accepted conservation and cutback plans that could go into place to protect NID’s two main canals if things heat up. Those canals feed the majority of NID’s Nevada County customers and they have been flowing at or above federal safety standards in recent years, straining the canal berms and leaving them vulnerable to collapse, according to NID officials.

Higher flows caused by warm weather could strain them even more and possibly cause a canal to burst. If that happened, county farmers and residential customers in Nevada City and Grass Valley could be without water for two to three days, according to Water Operations Manager Don Wight.

“If the weather is normal, we’ll probably have a good summer,” said General Manager Ron Nelson. “We want to plan for contingencies if we have an unusually warm summer.”

“I anticipate we’ll make all the deliveries this season,” Wight told the board. “In July and August if we get to dangerous levels, we would want to take action” with the board’s consent.

To see the full story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.

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