Special City Council Meeting Regarding Mandatory Water Conservation on June 18, 2013

The Sierra Madre City Council has scheduled a Special Council meeting to discuss the implementation of Mandatory Water Conservation Measures. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers at 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public and the Council encourages interested individuals to attend the meeting.

On May 28th, mandatory water conservation measures were implemented due to the declining supply of water in the underground aquifer that supplies 90 to 95% of Sierra Madre’s water. There are a number of reasons for the decline in the aquifer, including lower than normal rainfall, restrictions to the City’s adjudicated right to pump water, lower than normal spreading of water at the City’s spreading basins, and increased consumption by the City’s water customers.

Gymnastics Class for Youth, 6-05-2013

The Sierra Madre Community Services Department is offering a new gymnastic class for youths! Charter Oak Gymnastics has been in business for over 30 years and teaches all levels of gymnastic classes. Classes in Sierra Madre are geared for beginners from ages 2 all the way up to 12 years of age. Pre-registration is required with classes beginning on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Registration is available online at www.cityofsierramadre.com/onlineregistration or at the Community Services Office located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

Sierra Madre is Experiencing a Drought

The City of Sierra Madre’s existing water supply comes from one of two sources; tunnel water from the local dam (5-10%) and groundwater wells (90-95%.) Throughout the summer and fall of 2012 City Public Works staff observed the water levels receding at each of the City’s four wells, which make up the area aquifer.

Normally, rainfall throughout the winter months reduces customers’ irrigation water use and provides water to recharge the aquifer. Aquifer water levels therefore tend to increase during the winter and spring months. This year’s minimal rainfall, combined with Los Angeles County Public Works diverting water from Santa Anita Dam to locations outside of Sierra Madre, has resulted in limited water for groundwater recharge at the City’s spreading basins.

Overall, resident water consumption is up from last year. During the period April 24th through 30th the Water Department produced 2.56 million gallons of water a day resulting in a 2 foot drop in water level within local wells. The same period last year showed a production of 1.5 million gallons a day. During the month of April 2013, the department produced a total of 70 million gallons versus production of 46 million gallons in April 2012. Well water levels dropped over 30 feet within that 12 month period.