WEB UPDATE: Snows leave area water supply in ‘really good shape’ | TheUnion.com

WEB UPDATE: Snows leave area water supply in ‘really good shape’

Nevada Irrigation District officials are predicting an average water supply for western Nevada County this year, thanks to steady snowfall in the Sierra.

“We’re in really good shape,” district Operations Manager Terry Mayfield said today. If average precipitation levels occur through the rest of the rainy season, NID should have its normal supply of about 225,000 acre feet of water for the water year, Mayfield said.

District figures as of Feb. 4 show an average depth of 74 inches of snow at five sites in the higher elevations with an average water content of 28 inches.

The district reservoir system can hold up to 280,000 acre feet, but 30,000 of that is committed to PG&E power operations, Mayfield said. As of Feb. 4, the district had almost 161,000 acre feet stored, which is 65 percent of the district’s 250,000 acre feet capacity.

“Provided we get normal precipitation, I’m looking at a 100 percent runoff year,” Mayfield said.

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