Corte Madera, CA                                                                                                       August 2016
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As we move into late summer, our reservoir storage continues to do well at 112% of average for this date--thanks to near-normal rainfall this past year and to the outstanding conservation efforts of our customers!

Though the state is no longer requiring MMWD to reduce water use by 20%, we continue to focus on conservation to make the most of our limited water supply. Even when full, our reservoirs hold only about a two-year supply of water, and the next dry year may be just around the corner. Visit marinwater.org/conserve to learn about our rebates, free water-use consultations, and other programs.

Here are the latest water statistics:
  • Reservoir Levels - As of August 25, reservoir storage is 66,228 acre-feet,* or 83% of capacity. The average for this date is 58,917 acre-feet, or 74% of capacity.
  • Rainfall - Rainfall this year to date (July 1 - August 25, 2016) is 0.00 inches. Average for the same period is 0.13 inches; last year on this date we had 0.06 inches.
  • Water Use - Water use for the week ending August 25 averaged 27.30 million gallons per day, compared to last year when water use for the week was 24.77 million gallons per day.
  • Creek Releases - During the month of July 2016 MMWD released 278.4 million gallons, or 854.4 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin for habitat enhancement.
 Visit our Water Watch page for daily updates.

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons


We have numerous pipeline replacement projects happening around Marin County to improve our water infrastructure. Take a look at the list below for information on our current projects:

  • Terra Linda Pipeline Replacement Project: Running August through February, this project will replace 6,440 feet of pipeline on Duran Drive, Pine Lane, Holly Drive, Hickory Lane, and Hibiscus Way in Terra Linda.
  • Cross Marin Trail Culvert Repairs: The Cross Marin Trail is closed through October so crews can replace a failed culvert and improve fish passage.
  • Larkspur, San Rafael and Mill Valley Pipeline Replacement Project: This project replaces 2,700 feet of dated pipeline on Locust Avenue in Larkspur, Woodland Avenue and Warner Court in San Rafael, and Hazel Avenue in Mill Valley and will be wrapping up in September.
  • Kentfield and San Rafael Pipeline Replacement Project: MMWD is replacing 2,130 feet of pipeline on Stadium Way in Kentfield, Cala Vista Drive, G Street, Broadview Drive, and Brodea Way in San Rafael to improve fireflow and seismic reliability. This project will be completed in October.
  • Mill Valley Pipeline Replacement Project: Just over a mile of 120-year-old pipeline will be replaced by the end of September on Corte Madera Avenue, Molino Avenue, Rainbow Lane, Montford Avenue, and Reed Street in Mill Valley, as well as Chapman Drive in Corte Madera.
Up to date information on all ongoing projects can be found on our website's Construction Updates page.


Watershed field trip It's back-to-school time, and we're excited to once again offer free water education programs for schools in our service area. This past year, over 7,000 students from 35 schools ranging from kindergarten to college participated in MMWD's water education programs. Through our diverse lineup of programs, students have opportunities to learn about water conservation and supply, restore habitat on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed, search for water leaks at home, sing along with musical watershed assemblies, and much more.

Visit marinwater.org/schools for details. Please share this information with your favorite teacher!


  • Solar panels in the garden Check out the latest garden on our Marin-Friendly Virtual Garden Tour. This urban farmer's paradise features some clever, unique creations: solar panels used to harvest rainwater, coffee bags recycled for mulch, and bat and owl boxes for natural pest control.
  • You may be busy harvesting summer veggies, but it's not too early to start working on your winter garden! Read more.


We welcome your comments and need your help raising awareness about water in Marin. Please share this information with your colleagues and constituents. Thank you.
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