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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/13/2021 06:19 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/13/2021 06:19 PM
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City of Angels Camp, Union Public Utility District & Utica Water & Power Authority Adopt a 15% Water Conservation Target

Angels Camp & Murphys, CA...Residents who live in the greater Murphys and Angels Camp area are being asked to curb water use by 15% compared to 2020 usage. This voluntary request was approved by the Union Public Utility District, City of Angels Camp and Utica Water and Power Authority.

A joint release from the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) consisting of: Union Public Utility District (UPUD), City of Angels Camp (COA) and Utica Water and Power Authority (Utica)

This move comes after the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) sent notice to Utica that its water supply from the Stanislaus River was under a sweeping curtailment order that impacts the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds and their tributaries. Fortunately, Utica’s water supply comes from previously-stored water, which is not subject to curtailment.

Angels City Administrator, Melissa Eads, said while the region is fortunate to have reliable water supplies during this drought, she encourages residents to look for ways to cut back.

“We acknowledge customers have made sacrifices in past years to save water, and we are grateful for those efforts,” Eads said. “With the approval of this 15% voluntary conservation target, we’re not asking residents to let their lawns and gardens die. What we’d like to see is our community members paying close attention to their water usage and avoiding obvious water waste, such as leaks, overwatering landscaping and unnecessary indoor water use. With small changes, we should be able to come together as a community and be part of the statewide solution to this water crisis.”

The UPUD Board approved the 15% voluntary target on August 18, the Utica Board on August 24, and the City on September 7. With all members on the same page regarding water conservation, the JPA instructed staff to continue providing the community at large with updated information about how to conserve water indoors and outdoors to meet the 15% conservation target.

“While UWPA is fortunate to have water deliveries to meet our agricultural customers’ needs during this drought, we need to be thinking ahead in case we have another dry year,” said Ralph Chick, UWPA Board President. “Any water we save this year could be stored in high-country reservoirs and saved for next year in case conditions get even worse.”

City of Angels Mayor Alvin Broglio echoed these sentiments.

“We should all be trying to conserve water during this drought,” Broglio said. “Let’s try to hit that 15% target and hope we have a wet winter.”

UPUD President Eric Bottomley thanked customers for their cooperation during a summer with record heat waves.

“I just want to express my Board’s gratitude to people who are doing what they can to use water in an efficient manner,” Bottomley said. “I know people need water more than ever during this hot, dry summer and we appreciate anything you can do to pitch in on saving water in case next year is dry.”

All UPUD, COA and Utica customers will receive water conservation information on their bills or via letter this month and in the months to come.

For more information about water conservation, go to, or

See Below for a Message from the Calaveras Conserves Partnership

Calaveras Conserves is a water conservation partnership that was formed in Spring, 2015 as an opportunity for agencies to provide a consistent outreach message to the community during droughts, and all major water agencies in Calaveras County are members. As a partnership, these agencies are meeting regularly during the current drought with the goal of providing the most up-to-date water conservation information for customers throughout the County.

As California is currently faced with a historic drought, Calaveras Conserves is encouraging all Calaveras County residents to use water wisely to maximize supplies and protect our water reserves in the event of yet another dry winter. In response to this drought, State officials are calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels. Multiple Calaveras Conserves partnering agencies including UPUD, COA, Utica, Calaveras County Water District, and Blue Lake Springs Municipal Water Company have adopted voluntary water conservation targets for their customers. The Calaveras Conserves webpage includes a summary of how each partnering water agency in the County is responding to water shortages based on the water supply conditions within their service area.

With high temperatures in the peak of summer, it is more important than ever to use water wisely. Calaveras residents can practice water efficiency, save money and make a difference in the State’s water crisis by fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, installing water efficient landscaping, and avoiding outdoor watering during the hottest part of the day 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information regarding current water supply conditions and conservation efforts specific to your water district, please contact your local water agency. For additional information tips for water conservation, visit the Calaveras Conserves webpage at or

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Posted on: 2021-09-13 19:20:22   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2021-09-13 19:32:47   By: Anonymous
    All three should be commended for their quick response in mitigating the drought we've been in for 3 years.

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      Posted on: 2021-09-13 21:28:14   By: Anonymous
      Correct. IF you don't like the Voluntary option you're not going to like the mandated one.

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Posted on: 2021-09-13 19:33:09   By: Anonymous
No problem at all, we are all aware of this crisis. My water bill at base rate was $123.00. Now, if I get 15% reduction ($18.00) that would be reality! You go to get gasoline and pay for 20 gallons and only get (17) is there something wrong with this system???? Correct me if I’m wrong. Don’t we already pay above Bay Area prices? Corrupted politics if you do research behind this B/S!!

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    Posted on: 2021-09-13 19:52:29   By: Anonymous
    Why would you suggest corroption?

    It's actually basic economics. Low Density rural is always going to be more expensive to service than High-Density Urban. San Francisco is only 49 square acres - FOR EVERYONE. I have almost that much property.

    Do you understand how much more expensive it's going to be to get water for each of our properties? Plus we have snow, so the pipes need to be buried deeper. Plus the fixed costs (backup generators, trucks, billing systems, radio licenses for the trucks...) It's simple math. Not Corruption.

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      Posted on: 2021-09-13 20:08:03   By: Anonymous
      Well said. Some think because they choose to live in the country, life should be cheaper. It may true of housing stock and what the market will bear but we are bound to pay more for fuel, water even groceries because of the costs of delivering.

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        Posted on: 2021-09-14 09:55:53   By: Anonymous
        No jobs in the country.

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        Posted on: 2021-09-14 12:49:17   By: Anonymous
        Well said? What part that huge 49 acres of land? So according to you if 855,000 people live in SF that would mean about 17,449 people per acre living there. Well said, WELL SAID.
        I'd like an answer to the question, are you a democrat?

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      Posted on: 2021-09-13 20:08:45   By: Anonymous
      San Francisco is 49 acres in size?

      Since when?

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        Posted on: 2021-09-13 20:32:22   By: Anonymous
        I’ve got a $10 bill to sell to you for $20, now that’s thinking.

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        Posted on: 2021-09-13 21:10:03   By: Anonymous
        Jesus - I think she means 49 square miles. Get over your self. You are missing the point of her argument for the sake of making a cheap point you fool.

        She is right. Density trumps distance.

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          Posted on: 2021-09-13 21:11:18   By: Anonymous
          You can't expect much more from the locals, I'm afraid. The were raised by wolves.

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          Posted on: 2021-09-13 21:34:26   By: Anonymous
          You're wrong. They honestly believed, and meant, SF was 49 square acres, not miles, because they "almost have that much property. "

          Unless you believe they own 49 square miles.

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            Posted on: 2021-09-13 23:37:41   By: Anonymous
            Again, I think you're missing the point being made.

            Calaveras - 40 people per square mile

            San Francisco - 19,562 people per square mile

            Understood? Or are you still hung up on a typo?

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              Posted on: 2021-09-13 23:50:33   By: Anonymous
              I completely get the point. I understand and agree.

              However, your reading comprehension needs improvement.

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              Re: Typo This
              Posted on: 2021-09-14 13:44:27   By: Anonymous
              Nope, that's not a typo, definitely not a typo. They're comparing the size of SF to their property, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Like the person said unless their property is 49 square miles. Size of property here compared to SF, and the ratio of people living in apts. I couldn't find how many live in apts to single family homes.
              Never go drastic and try to save too much water too fast. What you'll end up doing is hurting yourself when the drought goes on and on. If you're asked to save 15% shoot for that. If you end up saving 50% in the begining and 6 months down the road you're asked to save another 15% you might not be able to do it, because you cut too much water out of your usage in the begining. Capisce?

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          Posted on: 2021-09-14 06:34:38   By: Anonymous
          You seem to know the poster was/is a female, so I will conclude you are the idiot who posted SF acreage and are trying to save face by pretending to be someone else defending "her" in your latest post. Weak.

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            Posted on: 2021-09-14 08:46:37   By: Anonymous
            You seem to suggest they aren't? What do you know?

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      Re: yeah right, SF is 49 acres. Are you a stoned &drunk Democrat by chance?
      Posted on: 2021-09-14 12:41:47   By: Anonymous
      🤣 @ SF is 49 acres. I don't know where you get your facts but trust me, you need to find another place. Maybe you got acres and square miles mixed up? Sf is approximately 46.87 square miles not acres.
      Stanford University in Palo Alto is 8,180 acres.

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