- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A major San Francisco Bay area utility is pursuing a second emergency water supply as it copes with drought conditions.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1hSDbKk) the East Bay Municipal Utility District board agreed Tuesday to exercise an option to buy up to 20,000 acre feet of water from the Placer County Water Agency.

The district would spend $1.5 million to buy the water and another $6.5 million to pump in the water from near Sacramento.

On April 8, the water board is expected to forecast its annual water supply and decide whether to order rationing or stick with a plan to seek voluntary conservation. For now, customers are asked to cut back 10 percent.

The district also has a contract to buy Sacramento River water in drought years from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com