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East Bay Looks to Tap Sacramento River for Water

East Bay water utility may tap for first time water supply from Sacramento River.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Mar 13, 2014  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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East Bay Looks to Tap Sacramento River for Water

The East Bay may for the first time start drinking the Sacramento River.

It may be time to start drinking the Sacramento River.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District, which provides water for 1.3 million homes and businesses in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with their drinking water, may turn on its extra pump house next month, KQED reported.

Most of the East Bay's water comes from the Mokelumne River, the radio station reported, but a few years ago EBMUD finished a plant that would allow it to buy water from the federal government.

That water is available only in drought years -- which is exactly what California is dealing with at the moment.

The East Bay's reservoirs are at 63 percent of capacity at the moment, the news source reported.

Customers have been asked to cut their water use ten percent.

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