Snow news is good news for Placer County Water Agency’s water supply

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With a good mountain snowpack, Placer County Water Agency officials are saying normal water deliveries are anticipated this year for all customers. “Overall, we’re in good shape,” agency Field Services Director Mike Nichol said Nichol and Power System Manager Steve Jones presented Apr. 1 snow survey data to the district board Thursday showing 103 percent of average water content on the American River watershed and 94 percent of average on the Yuba-Bear river watersheds. Jones said the difference between the figures is due primarily to this year’s storm patterns. Seasonal storms have left more water content at the 5,700-foot to 6,300-foot elevations where American River measurements are taken. The snowpack is drier, with less water content at higher elevations, where some of the Yuba-Bear readings are taken. PCWA reservoirs are at normal elevations for this time of year and snowpack runoff is expected to continue to replenish the system over the coming months, Jones said. Nichol said a combination of water supplies from American and Yuba-Bear river sources would be sufficient to meet the irrigation water needs of agricultural growers in far western Placer County’s Zone 5. – Gus Thomson