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Water a major concern

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Concern over the lack of rain rises as Lake Casitas levels falls.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

The month of April is more than half gone, and the prospect of a rainy El Niño has pretty well gone with it, as far as the Ojai Valley is concerned, so area water providers are looking ahead with caution.

“In the worst-case scenario, there’s about four years’ worth of water left in Lake Casitas,” said Pete Kaiser, president of the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) Board of Directors. “In the best-case scenario, with good conservation in place, it could last another six to six-and-a-half years, assuming the drought continues.”

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