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How have things changed since the district declared a stage one drought in April? 

If things continue to get worse, what’s the next step as far as conservation? 

How might rates be affected? 

How is the reduced flow affecting fish in the Mokelumne River? 

A drought was declared by EBMUD directors in May, more than a month before summer even starts. Things have only gotten drier since then. 

Officially, the water provider for 1.4 million East Bay Area customers has already asked people to cut water use by 10 percent, for starters. The ground was so parched from the driest California winter since 1977, lighter-than-normal snow runoff is already causing fish die-offs and other complications. Expectations for another bad season of wildfires will just compound the situation.  

EBMUD has already enacted contingency plans to buy water from other agencies, as its normal flow from the Mokelumne River won’t be enough. 

After fielding questions last month from readers about what to expect as the drought worsens, EBMUD officials will again join Local News Matters to discuss what customers should expect, what they can do to contribute to conservation, and what the agency faces as the drought gets worse. Join Alice Tovey, the district’s manager of water conservation, and Whitney Ray, who specializes in water conservation programs and efficiency, as they answer your questions at Noon on June 17.