"Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
(Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine)
The Eldorado area is in a semi-arid environment, with an average precipitation of only 12 inches per year. Residents of the Eldorado area have, in general, been conservative in their use of water. Average annual water use equals about 68.5 gallons per person per day. We should all use water wisely, especially during hot dry periods.
Not only can water conservation practices help to ensure the availability of water, but reducing water consumption can also reduce the amount of energy required to deliver water to consumers and to heat water for home use.
The EAWSD Conservation Plan describes a cooperative program for conservation practices, involving residential water customers, commercial and public authority customers, and the District itself. The District is committed to supporting water conservation in the following ways:
Distribution system leak prevention and repair
Dissemination of information regarding water use efficiency measures
Water-rate structures to encourage water use efficiency.
For times of drought and water shortages, the District uses an EAWSD Water Restrictions and Alert Management Plan (WRAMP), which imposes mandatory consumer conservation measures.