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Avista to Draw Down Noxon Reservoir this week
Recreators and property owners should use caution


Avista Utilities will draw down the water level at Noxon Reservoir throughout the week of May 3, 2010. It is expected that the reservoir will be lowered approximately one foot per day, dropping the level of the lake to roughly five feet below its maximum elevation by Friday, May 7. The reservoir will then be refilled over the weekend and should be back to normal elevation by Monday, May 10.


The drawdown will allow Avista to inspect the reservoir and perform routine maintenance, as well as help facilitate installation of a fire hydrant by the Trout Creek Fire Department, scheduled for Friday, May 7.


While the reservoir will not be lowered substantially, property owners and lake-users are reminded to make any necessary preparations, including removing boats from the water and securing docks for low-water conditions. Also, Avista will work with local law enforcement to take extra precautions to prevent unpermitted shoreline activities during the drawdown.


Water levels are subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as weather or equipment problems. Reservoir users should always be alert to signs of such changes and exercise the highest level of personal caution and safety when using the waterways.


Updated reservoir level information is available by calling Avista's recorded Lake Information Line at (509) 495-8043. For other questions, call (406) 847-1280.


Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 356,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 316,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 485,000 customers. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.


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