October 2, 2014
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) - Placer County water officials say they are on the verge of declaring a water shortage emergency in the wake of a recent canal failure.
David Breninger, general manager of the Placer County Water Agency, tells the Sacramento Bee that about 150,000 customers in and around Auburn may soon be asked to significantly reduce their water usage.
Breninger says the agency needs a "massive infusion of water" from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which maintains the damaged Bear River Canal.
Officials say an April 19 landslide broke a 40-foot section of the canal in a remote area near Colfax, depriving the agency of its main source of water.
PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno tells the Bee the utility has hired a contractor to examine the stability of the hillside. He offered no estimate of when the canal might be repaired.