Agency urges conservation

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The Placer County Water Agency is urging customers to conserve water after a Bear River Canal break that is expected to affect about 4,800 residents. “The message to all PCWA customers at this time is water conservation,” said Mike Nichol, PCWA director of field services, who called the incident the most serious outage he has seen in 22 years with the water agency. As a result of the break, PCWA is implementing rolling canal system water outages. “Rotation of canal water availability is necessary so that we can equitably spread as much water and as often as possible to as many zone 1 irrigation canal customers with our limited supplies,” said Dave Breninger, general manager of PCWA. “Rolling water outages will continue and may have to extend beyond 24-hour durations until PG&E completes canal repairs and full water supply flows are returned to PCWA.” Breninger said the agency is asking treated and ditch water customers to reduce water use and use water efficiently during the outages. For more information call PCWA at (530) 823-4850 or visit ~Staff report