Citing the severity of the ongoing drought, the El Dorado Irrigation District board decided to skip a Stage 1 water alert and jump to a Stage 2 water warning, calling on customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 30 percent.
The board held a special meeting Tuesday to consider declaring a Stage 1 water alert, which calls for a voluntary 15 percent reduction in water use.
A decision on whether to implement a drought surcharge was continued until March 10. At that time, the board also will consider whether to convert the call for voluntary conservation to a mandate, according to a district news release.
The district encourages ratepayers to visit its drought information web page, which includes links to board materials and presentations, water efficiency tips and other drought-related topics.