Late Sierra Storms Ease Reno-Sparks Water Worries

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Truckee Meadows Water Authority doesn't expect to have to impose any extra water conservation measures in the Reno-Sparks area this summer thanks to a series of late-winter Sierra storms that helped take the bite out of the region's lingering drought.

Bill Hauck, the utility's water supply coordinator, tells the Reno-Gazette Journal they won't have any trouble meeting the water demands of the authority's 93,000 homes and businesses this summer.

Before the February storms, experts expected flows of the Truckee River to substantially diminish sometime in June. That likely would have triggered additional restrictions on such things as lawn watering.

Now, Hauck says it appears river flows will remain at healthy levels through Labor Day and beyond the period of highest water demand.