Call for Water Conservation Continues Despite December's Record Rain

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December's record rain has also charged up Bay Area's reservoirs, but it is still not enough for water managers to cancel their call for residents to conserve.

"Our reservoirs are looking very good," said Andrea Pook with the East Bay Municipal Utility District, or EBMUD.

A year ago reservoir levels in the district were less than a quarter of capacity. On Thursday, reservoir levels reached 63% - up nearly 10% since last week.

Still, water officials said now is not the time relax and lift restrictions.

"We always want to prepare for the worst," Pook said. "So that's why we're asking our customers to continue to conserve."

EBMUD said its call for all customers to cut water use by 10% will need to stay in place until there is a better sense of the snowpack this spring. Several EBMUD customers said continuing to conserve is a smart move.

"We just need to do a little bit more," Berkeley resident Alesia Bland said. "I think it's a good idea."

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