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Reduce outdoor water use by 10%, make a difference

RENO - Customers of Truckee Meadows Water Authority are being asked to reduce their outdoor water use by 10%. To do this, Truckee Meadows Water Authority is suggesting residents hold off on watering from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to a recent press release by Truckee Meadows Water Authority, now is the time when customers can make a difference by conserving water and reducing their outdoor water use. Conservation now will help minimize the amount of water TMWA needs to release from its drought reserves.

"Although we are announcing this week that it is time to reduce your water use by 10%, we are already seeing signs that our customers are cutting back, said General Manager Mark Foree. Our community has a great water conservation ethic and values our precious resources. Since TMWA was formed 13 years ago, despite the growth in the area, overall water use has gone down by 15 percent. A big thank you goes out to everyone for understanding that we are all in this together," Foree added.

The good news is that TMWAs drought supply reservoirs -- Donner and Independence Lakes -- are full. With no room in these reservoirs, TMWA had no place to store additional conserved water until now. Projections are showing that just a 10% reduction in water use during late summer will help TMWA to keep Independence Reservoir full this year. It will also help contribute to strong drought reserves for next year, should the dry cycle continue.

For a full explanation of the area's water supply, drought planning, and how you can save, visit