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Feather River Bulletin ~ Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 5A WATER, from page 1A water officials maintain they are doing whatever it takes to stay afloat. Here's how a few compare in making every drop count. Portola According to recent reports, Portola appears to be leading the pack. City Manager Robert Meacher said Portola is down approximately 45 percent compared to 2013. "These are rough calculations," he added. "Having said that, we can safely say that Portola has gone well beyond the 25 percent statewide goal." As part of Portola's drought awareness outreach, signs made by local resident Mick Housel showing allowed watering days have been placed around the community. However, despite the city's compliance success, Meacher said the curtailment comes at a cost. "There is a corresponding reduction in (water) revenues as a result," he noted. Quincy The Quincy Community Services District reported a 22.47 percent annual reduction to date. "We still have a ways to go," said QCSD General Manager Larry Sullivan. "It's been a huge effort that we actually started back in 2012." In preparation for dry days ahead, the district launched a proactive water conservation campaign three years ago including assigned voluntary watering days. QCSD sent out refrigerator magnets with watering reminders, posted ads, signs and more, encouraging all of its customers to get involved. "The success has been getting everyone to participate," added Sullivan. "Not just residential. Frank The recent Quincy Friends of the Plumas County Library book sale brought in a total of $1,720, which includes new memberships, renewing memberships, silent auction sales and book sales. "We received generous book donations and were able to offer them to our members and the public for great deals," said Diann Jewett, secretary and treasurer of the non-profit volunteer group that supports the Quincy library. She continued, "We would also like to thank the community for supporting the library during the August book sale." The group recently renewed the subscription to receive new books on a monthly basis, as well as co-sponsored the summer reading program. The computers that were purchased last year are Carey at Plumas Unified School District has been working very hard to get the school district watering to the lowest possible." Which sometimes seemed impossible, according to Cary, who is the school district's facilities foreman and safety officer. Cary said PUSD could irrigate athletic fields every day before the drought took hold. Now, the school district can only water three times per week and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. "I'm trying to keep all the watering to the standards and keep the fields safe and playable," he explained. As part of that plan, Carey said athletic fields that are next in line for use get top irrigation billing. For example, soccer fields currently take priority because that season starts in September. Baseball will get extra attention when those teams play in the spring. QCSD staffers said residential clients have also gone above and beyond with conservation consciousness, made evident by "lots of brown lawns" throughout town. And, the numbers back their efforts. Compared to July of 2013, last month's residential use showed a 38.1 percent reduction. East Quincy In July, East Quincy Services District showed a 20.28 percent reduction in water production, with 10.1 percent water loss due to leakage, evaPoration, flushing and seepage. The state allows the industry standard eta 10 percent margin for such losses. District Manager Mike Green called the July water report "a bit disappointing," but noted the June rate showed a 24.4 percent reduction. Officials said there were two major water leaks on the customers' end contributing to the July numbers falling Portola resident Mick Housel printed these signs for the city watering days and times in compliance with water restrictions. short. One leak was fLxed and about the program and/or the other, supplying a garden water saving tips, call lot, was shut down. 283-2390 or visit the EQSD Officials were confident website at EQSD's cumulative average, eastquincycsd.com. along with actions taken to correct the problem, would Chester help offset July's The Chester Public Utility substandard results. District's conservation "The state takes our due campaign is !'working well" diligence into consideration despite "some customer if we don't hit the 25 resistance," according to percent," said EQSD's Vicki General Manager Joe Poh. "Along with our other Waterman. efforts." Businesses, in particular, Those "other efforts" have been "very responsive include updated water in taking the drought conservation information seriously," he added. posted on websites, offered Classified as a 'small' during public meetings, water supplier (less than advertised, mailed to 3,000 connections), Chester customers and other can either reduce its total methods, potable water delivery to "Nobody has hit the 25 customers by 25 percent, or percent (mark)," said Poh. cut outdoor irrigation down "It's the little things people to two days per week. can do, that won't really The board opted to restrict affect them too much, that outdoor irrigation to two add up." days per week, but did not Poh started a free assign specific days. home-visit program Authorities left that decision educating EQSD customers to the customer's discretion, about those "little things" so long as the district is in that can make a difference, compliance. The program also offers "This completes the low-flow showerheads, compliance responsibility of kitchen and bathroom the district," Waterman aerators and faucet and hose stated in a letter posted on repair kits -- at no cost to the CPUD's website. "It is district's customers, important to note that we For more information have not seen a significant constantly in use and they hallway at the library. The are considering purchasing a ongoing book sale shelves few more for additional have been refreshed and patron use. labeled to make it easier for To become a member of the shoppers. Holiday craft Quincy Friends, the library books are available as well as has membership forms or holiday children's books. interested parties can join Jewett also said, "We during the quarterly book greatly appreciate all of the sales, businesses who allow us to The next sale will be held advertise the sales with our Nov. 5 to 7, at the library on flyers and the Feather River Jackson Street in downtown Bulletin for all of the articles Quincy. Between sales, books that they generously include may be purchased in the in the newspaper." Check Out Our DRIVEWAY MAI NTENANCE SLURRY SEAl. COATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING STRIPPING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS COUNTY 29581 HWY 89, CANYON DAM, CA 95923 * C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 reminding locals of permissible Photo by Susan Jacobson depletion of our water table during this or previous .drought events. This does not, however, mean that a reduction in water table couldn't occur." Waterman said customers can visit CPUD's website at chesterpud.org, or call the district office at 258-2171, for more information. Water watcfidogs wanting to sniff out the latest on 'everything drought' can also go to the state water board website at swrcb.ca.gov. Staff writers Stacy Fisher and Susan Jacobsen contributed to this report. FRIDAY, AUGUST 28TM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MUSIC ON THE TERRACE :" ANDREW OHREN Spend a relaxing evening on the deck at Nakoma with the brilliant classical guitar music of Andrew Ohren wafting gently through the pines. Ha Cover, Bar and dinner menus available. SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TM, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MUSIC ON THE TERRACE :: ME AND BOBBY MCGEE If you missed them the first time, you won't want to miss them tonight. We welcome back June Joplin and Bob Reid as the duo "Me and Bobby McGee," a cabaret-style performance of some of the most enduring classics from the 3Os and 4Os. No Cover, Bar & dinner menus available. SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TM, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM TASTING ON THE TERRACE :: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE "Great wine can only come from Italy or California." Or at least that was the misconception the Chateau's founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground years ago and pioneered the Wash- ington wine region. Chateau's award-winning wines interweave with their rich heritage to create a wine experience you'll never forget. $15 tasting fee credited towards purchase of dinner. landline to a cell Now you can add If you are one of the many people who have switched from a conventional phone for convenience and expense, your number isn't listed in any of our local phone books, and you might be missing important calls, your name and phone number if it's not listed, or change your current listing to your cell number, in the area's most complete, locally produced telephone direci]ory, and it's .... 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