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The Thompson Reservoir Level as of Wednesday, Nov. 20, is 399 acre-feet.

This was not good news by any means. As anyone who reads this blog knows, mandatory by-the-gallon water rationing will begin when the water level drops to 300 acre feet. An acre foot is enough water to cover an acre of land 1-foot deep.

As I told you last week, the water level measured 405 acre feet on Thursday, Nov. 7 and on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Back in August, a Southern California Edison representative said Avalon could go into Stage 2 (by-the-gallon) water rationing in January.

I actually think that at the current rate of the reservoir’s decline, Avalon might see strict rationing a bit later than that—in February or March. But I’m afraid Avalon residents must brace themselves for a few challenging months. Catalina has endured drought before and will endure drought again. It isn’t fair and it isn’t anyone’s fault. But it is a reality that Avalon must face.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 28, the water level at the Thompson Reservoir measured 448 acre feet. Last week, the water level was 451 acre feet. The positive side of the decline in tourist activity as we move from summer to fall is that water usage will decrease, which in turn will slow the drain on Avalon’s supply of fresh water.

The bad news is that unless we get a lot of rain in a short period of time, strict water rationing—which goes into effect when the water level reaches 300 acre feet—is inevitable.