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Water agency: Valley won’t run out of water

With buzz across the state that some areas may run out of water, Sonoma County Water Agency officials say water will continue to flow out of Sonoma Valley taps.

A recent report by California public health officials identified 17 towns and water districts at risk of running out of water in the next 100 days if nothing is done to enhance their supplies. The threatened areas are mostly in rural areas, relying on various water sources from wells to rivers, with a dry 2013 leaving their supplies lower than ever.

Sonoma Valley, according to water agency spokesman Brad Sherwood, is protected from running out of water because of the reservoir at Lake Sonoma. Currently, the reservoir is holding around 167,000 acre-feet of water, enough to sustain the Valley for several years. “Right now, Lake Sonoma is doing its job. We would be at that point (of running out of water) if it weren’t for Lake Sonoma.”

However, he said, the agency will implement mandatory conservation and request state aid if water levels dip below predetermined standards.

“We will not let our customers run out of water,” Sherwood said. “The question becomes what kind of mandatory conservation measures will be ordered in mid-spring if these dry conditions persist?”

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