The Olivenhain Dram (left) and Lake Hodges in North San Diego County. Courtesy San Diego County Waster Authority

The San Diego County Water Authority lowered the level of Lake Hodges Tuesday as another big winter storm approached San Diego.

The reservoir, which had been filled to within four feet of capacity, was lowered at the request of the City of San Diego, which owns the facilility.

Some 7,500 acre-feet of water was pumped to the nearby Olivenhain Reservoir, allowing Lake Hodges to capture runoff from the storm forecast to begin Tuesday night and last into Thursday

The water transferred is enough to supply 15,000 homes for a year.

“The transfer is another example of the region’s enhanced water management capabilities created by our internationally acclaimed Emergency & Carryover Storage Project,” said Mark Muir, chairman of the water authority.

Last week the project, which connects three reservoirs, was awarded America’s top civil engineering award.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.