Reservoir levels now above average

February 5, 2008 1:21:38 PM PST
Marin Municipal Water District is reporting today that rainfall from Northern California's recent barrage of storms has restored reservoir levels and averted the risk of drought this year.

The public agency, which provides drinking water to 192,000 people in a 147-square-mile area around southern and central Marin County, said their seven reservoirs received a combined 28,823 acre-feet of water in the last five weeks. Levels today are at 71,921 acre-feet and started at 43,098 acre-feet Jan. 1.

The increase has brought reservoirs to 90 percent capacity, and the water agency said it expects levels to continue to rise over the next few weeks due to runoff from the saturated ground. Average storage for this date is 80 percent.

"Having adequate storage levels in our reservoirs now, after experiencing a dry year in 2007, is a relief to all," Marin Municipal Water District General Manager Paul Helliker said.

The agency is dependent on rainfall captured in the reservoirs for 75 percent of the water consumed by its customers each year, with the additional 25 percent coming from the Russian River in Sonoma County under a contract with the Sonoma County Water Agency.