Due to strong customer efforts to conserve water and greater than anticipated runoff, East Bay Municipal Utility District announced it was ending its Drought Emergency Program and voluntary rationing plan Tuesday.
While EBMUD said the program was ending, the agency still encouraged water conservation in a press release.
In EBMUD's annual Water Supply Availability and Deficiency Report, the agency predicts it will be full with 600,000 acre-feet of water in storage by the end of September. EBMUD said it would reach this number even if no additional precipitation falls for the rest of the rain season.
EBMUD's report was optimistic, but warned about water use being on the rise in the coming years and decades as California's population grows. EBMUD said conservation, desalination, supplemental water transfers and additional storage must be embraced to meet the water needs of consumers in the future.
"For the time being, we are in great shape with our water supply, but looking far into the future as we must, there are many challenges remaining," said EBMUD Board President Doug Linney.
Fundraiser tonight at Lodi High School
A fundraiser for Emma Greene, a Lodi High student battling Cystic Fibrosis, is set for tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the high school.
Dinners, which include tri- tip, pasta, salad and dessert, are $10 each. Dinners are available for cafeteria dine-in or for drive-thru pick-up.
Greene is a top scholar among those competing to be Lodi High's valedictorian next year.
She is currently on a transplant waiting list at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
— News-Sentinel staff
Republican congressional candidate Brad Goehring to conduct precinct walk in Lodi
Republican congressional candidate Brad Goehring of Clements will host a breakfast followed by precinct walking on Saturday morning in Lodi.
Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 320 N. Washington St., followed by precinct walking at 9.
Goehring is running against Tony Amador of Lodi, Elizabeth Emken of Danville and David Harmer of San Ramon for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District. The winner will face Democrat Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton in the November election.
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Rep. Jerry McNerney opposes automatic pay raises
The House voted on Tuesday by a 402-15 margin to abolish an automatic pay raise for members of Congress for the coming year, a move that would save taxpayers about $1 million, according to Rep. Jerry McNerney's office.
McNerney, D-Pleasanton, who voted to abolish the pay raise, co-sponsored the legislation. The bill now goes to the Senate.
"At a time when families are struggling to make ends meet, it's just not right for members of Congress to get a pay raise," McNerney said in a news release. "That's why I've donated my automatic pay increase to local charities and why I'm going to keep fighting to stop these unnecessary increases."
McNerney said he has donated previous salary increases to charities, including the Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank and the Tri-Valley Haven, which provides shelter and counseling for survivors of sexual assault, battered women and their children.
Republican congressional candidate David Harmer announces endorsement
John Harrington, former California Republican Party chairman and a cabinet officer under President Ronald Reagan, has endorsed Republican congressional candidate David Harmer of San Ramon.
Harmer is seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.
Senate candidate Tom Berryhill gets endorsement
Former State Sen. Chuck Poochigian, who represented the Lodi area until he was termed out in 2006, has announced his endorsement of Tom Berryhill of Oakdale for the 14th Senate District seat held by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto. Cogdill has chosen not to seek a second term.