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Auburn, Calif.- In anticipation of the coming winter irrigation season, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board Directors approved additional deliveries of 60 miners’ inches of water to Zone 1 canal customers, at its meeting on October 6. The decision provides irrigation water to nearly 100 customers who have waited patiently for additional releases.

“Our response during the past drought resulted in several operational improvements of our canal system,” Director of Customer Services, Matt Young said. “These added efficiencies allow us to meet the demands of customers who have waited, some as long as 20 years, to put the water to good use.”


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Canal improvements include the application of additional gunite, to reduce water loss and prevent seepage, and installation of automated gates to minimize unregulated releases where the canals terminate. Although water demand drops during the winter, customers still need water to irrigate small hobby farms, provide for livestock, maintain heathy ponds, and reduce fire risks.

The additional deliveries also reflect PCWA’s healthy and robust water supply, buoyed by efficient water use of customers. The additional deliveries do not affect the ability of PCWA to meet state requirements for drought resilience or current customer demands.

In other news:

PCWA released a new video detailing California’s water system. This is the Agency’s second video in a series describing PCWA’s unique features as a water and energy utility.ย 

PCWA board meetings are open to the public.

For information on PCWA board meetings, please contact the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030.

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