Lake Piru 76% Full from Recent Rains

UNITED WATER’S LAKE PIRU 76% FULL; THANKS TO LARGEST-EVER STATE WATER SURPLUS PURCHASE WITHIN VENTURA COUNTY AND 2019 WINTER STORMS

United Water’s Lake Piru rose 67-feet in 2019 and is now 76% full, compared with being only 15% full last October.

“The 2019 storm combined with the District’s recent Article 21* purchases have allowed United Water to harvest a total of 66,190 acre-feet of water at United’s Lake Piru and Freeman Diversion facilities, which is enough to serve 463,330 people in Ventura County for a year,” explains Mauricio Guardado, General Manager for United Water Conservation District. “And while this is more rain and purchased water than we have seen in a long while, we would still need 113,000 acre-feet more water to completely recover from the recent drought,” he continued.

Despite the recent rainfall, nearly three-quarters of Ventura County continues to be short on necessary water resources to fully recuperate from the drought. To increase water resources, over the last three weeks United Water Conservation District has successfully purchased 15,000 acre-feet of Article 21 water from the State Water project. This is the largest amount of water ever brought into the region from outside sources and is enough to serve 105,000 people in Ventura County for one year!


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