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Willow Creek Dries Up, Bass Lake Residents Face Critical Water Shortage

BASS LAKE – As the main source of water for the residents of Bass Lake stops flowing, residents are being urged to conserve or face dire consequences.

Water storage within the Bass Lake Water Company service area has now dropped to critically low levels. As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 18, the available storage is just 33 percent of normal conditions and is declining, due to demand exceeding the available supply.

The community is being asked to increase their conservation efforts to avoid outages.

Water from the North Fork of Willow Creek has ceased to flow, and reserves have been declining since the last water from that source was used a week ago on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Now the system is relying completely on its groundwater wells. Due to reduced flow in the creek earlier this summer, Stage 3 Water Rules, which prohibit all outside watering, have been in effect since July 1.

The utility began hauling in potable water to supplement its groundwater supply on Monday, Aug. 17,  but it cannot haul enough to meet the demand without further conservation efforts.

The Company’s Service Area includes the residential area from Willow Cove to the north end of the lake and serves 1,000 connections.

Customers are being encouraged to report any leaks or unpermitted use of water to the Bass Lake Water Company office at 559-642-2494.

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