Canyon Lake Reservoir Provides Important Drinking Water Source
The Canyon Lake Reservoir is a critical part of the EVMWD water supply system. The reservoir can hold as much as 12,000 acre-feet or 3.9 billion gallons of water, which plays a critical role in meeting regional drinking water needs during periods of peak demand.
It is also a recreational lake, leased to about 4,800 members of the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association. The CLPOA manages the use of the lake for recreation.
The recreational amenities offered by Canyon Lake Reservoir increase the property values inside Canyon Lake and offer residents enjoyable water activities year-round.
EVMWD owns all of the water and land rights within the footprint of the Canyon Lake Reservoir. This important local water supply helps ensure EVMWD can provide reliable drinking water to all 133,000 customers across its 96 square mile service area.
Supplemental water deliveries slated for Canyon Lake Reservoir
Dry weather and evaporation are causing a decline in levels
LAKE ELSINORE, CA., Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) is taking the unusual step of adding imported water to Canyon Lake to curb dropping reservoir levels. The 387 acre reservoir provides drinking water for residents of Canyon Lake and Elsinore Valley. EVMWD has used the Canyon Lake water filtration plant to treat and produce nearly 10 percent of its total supply over the last year.
EVMWD stopped drawing water from the reservoir several months ago because of drier-than-normal conditions. Even with water conserving measures in place, evaporation has continued to deplete the lake. With no rain in the immediate forecast, EVMWD is purchasing untreated water supplies for the next several weeks to add to Canyon Lake’s decreasing reserves.
Within the next month, residents of Canyon Lake may notice the steady stream of imported water from Metropolitan Water District entering the lake via the San Jacinto River. EVMWD plans to add approximately 1,800-acre feet of water to the reservoir. This is the first time in eight years that EVMWD has supplemented the lake via the pipeline.
“The Canyon Lake reservoir is an important drinking water source for our community, particularly during periods of peak demand,” said John D. Vega, EVMWD’s general manager “Supplementing our supplies during this extraordinarily dry summer will allow us to maintain levels into the rainy season.”
Typically, the lake is replenished by runoff from the Lake Elsinore-San Jacinto Watershed, which begins in the San Jacinto Mountains.
Learn more about Canyon Lake as a drinking water supply at www.canyonlakefacts.com.