OAKLAND -- The East Bay Municipal District will wait until Feb. 11 before deciding how much to ask customers to voluntarily reduce water use during this dry year.

EBMUD board members said Tuesday they want another two weeks to get a firmer prediction of available supplies from its primary water source, the Mokelumne River, and an emergency supply from the Sacramento River.

Some other Northern California water districts already have set conservation targets in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown asking residents statewide to cut water use 20 percent.

EBMUD spokeswoman Abby Figueroa said the district is in better shape this year because its customers are consuming 17 percent less water than they did in 2007.

 Pardee Reservoir, fed by the Mokelumne River
Pardee Reservoir, fed by the Mokelumne River ( Tri-Valley Herald)

The East Bay district serves 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff