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As of Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 399 acre feet. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the water level was also 399 acre feet.

For the moment, the Thompson Reservoir water level is holding. The water level measured 405 acre feet on Thursday, Nov. 7. That is the same measurement reported on Thursday, Oct. 31.

The Thompson Reservoir water level as of Thursday, Oct. 31, 405 acre feet. Last week, the level measured 411 acre feet. It is no longer a question of whether by-the-gallon rationing will begin, but when.

If you read this week’s Catalina Islander, you know that it is quite likely all Southern California Edison electricity customers will help to foot the bill for improvements to Catalina’s drinking water system. At 9 cents a month, the increase will ruin no one’s life, cost no jobs on the mainland, ruin no businesses.

Yet I expect some mainlanders will object on genera principal.

We’d like to know what you think about this. Is it really fair to ask people who do not live on the Island to help pay for Island utilities?

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.

The Thompson Reservoir water level, as of today, Friday, Aug. 23, is 451 acre feet deep. Water rationing begins when the water level reaches 300 acre feet.

During World War II, the government asked travelers a question: is this trip really necessary?

Now, as the real possibility of water rationing looms on Avalon’s horizon, it may be time for Islanders and guests to ask themselves a similar question: is this water really necessary?

Stage 1 Water Rationing has begun in Avalon. The water level in the Thompson Reservoir measured 542 acre feet as of as of Friday, June 7.
On May 7, the water level was 582 acre feet on May 7. That’s a 40-acre-foot difference, obviously. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, an acre foot is enough water to cover 1 acre of land 1-foot deep.

Water rationing became mandatory when the Thompson Reservoir water level dropped below 600 acre feet. But Stage 1 rules are not as severe as Stage 2, when residents will be given a fixed volume of water they can use. As Islanders deal with the inconvenience, I can only hope your fellow Californian’s on the mainland remember that they haven’t had much rain either.