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Island in Loch Lomond Becomes Peninsula
Posted Date: 9/9/2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Eileen Cross, 831.676.7090

Santa Cruz, CA, September 6 -- Though Clar Innis Island at Loch Lomond is now the Clar Innis Peninsula, water officials in Santa Cruz are pleased to report that the lake level is just about where it was projected to be for this time of year. Santa Cruz residents have responded well to the Stage 1 water restrictions that were imposed May 1, and the city is on track to reach its goal for a 75% reserve in Loch Lomond at the end of restrictions in October.

August was the third consecutive month in which the City’s water production goals were achieved. The Water Department was seeking to limit water production under Stage 1 restrictions to 333 million gallons. Customers used just under 332 million gallons during the month, averaging 10.7 million gallons per day.

The City of Santa Cruz has a complex water system. The system is made up of several different surface sources that are completely dependent upon local rainfall. The time of year, the amount of rainfall and the amount of use dictate where the city draws its water from. Loch Lomond Reservoir, as its name implies, is the city’s main reserve of water – which the Water Department closely monitors and protects. At this time of year, when water use peaks and many of the surface sources have begun to dry up, as well as in long dry spells or droughts, Loch Lomond increasingly serves as a primary source of water for the City.

2013 is the second year in a row that the Water Department has imposed Stage 1 water restrictions. Though over 550 Notices of Violation have been served to residents, the majority of those noticed have been eager to correct their violations and to comply with restrictions. “Santa Cruz residents take pride in protecting their resources,” said Toby Goddard, Water Conservation Manager, “of the hundreds of notices we’ve sent out over the summer, only a handful have ended up with actual penalties.”

Water restrictions are in effect through the end of October. For more information on restrictions, the current water supply and opportunities to save water, visit