December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – One bright spot resulting from the recent storm is the refilling of local reservoirs and aquifers.
“By the end of this current storm, we expect about 1600 acre feet of net local water for this water year,” said Helix Water General Manager Mark Weston. “We budgeted 2200 acre feet from the local watershed, so with this series of storms, we ahe accumulated a great start on the water year.”
Water in excess of 2200 acre feet will have a positive impact on the budget, he predicted, noting that in the past, the region has sometimes had early storms but then almost no rain after December. Thus it’s still too early to predict whether the Helix Water District will have enough water to ease restrictions on water usage or reduce water rates.
“We will see what the New Year brings in terms of rain,” Weston concluded.