A community of water misers

Nevada Irrigation District consumption on downward trend
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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 Nevada Irrigation District customers are thinking twice before turning on the tap.

According to the district, which takes in parts of Placer and Nevada counties including North Auburn, overall customer treated-water use has dropped 12 percent over the past five years.

The outpouring of water frugality started in 2013, described by the district as the first year of the worst drought in modern times. 2013 serves as a benchmark for water conservation measurements, the district observed.

And the 12 percent drop indicates customers are embracing the concept of water conservation as a way of life throughout the year, the district said in a statement issued this week.

“Our new norm of water usage is well below that of the recent drought years,” district Operations Manager Chip Close said.

Close said the district is grateful to customers who have voluntarily incorporated water conservation into their lifestyles.

“It’s important to be responsible stewards of our water resources and conservation is a crucial way to stretch our limited supply and be responsive to the effects of climate change and future drought,” Close said.

Even winter, the district is reminding customers there are still opportunities to conserve water. An online calculator at the district website allows customers to chart how much water is being used. The site also has advice on improving efficiency through lower toilet flows and how to conserve water while showering.