Remember last year when California’ water agencies were mad about the extension of the drought regulations, claiming that the State was sending a mixed conservation message when there was no actual threat after ONE wet winter?
Well, while half of the world is suffering sub-freezing temperatures, California has been switching sweaters to bathing suits. A hot January might sound appealing to some of you; however, the fact is that the Golden State is plunging back into drought once again—44% of the state is in a moderate drought, according to the U.S Drought Monitor, with severe conditions affecting now the counties Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles.
A year ago, California had an unusual wet season —35% more precipitation than the previous record year, that ended the 25% conservation mandate and acute dry spell that the region was suffering for years. However, this year, the extreme hot and dry weather have been growing concern among state officials. Southern California has seen an anemic amount of rain—28% of its average precipitation and only been hit by one major storm that caused devastating mudslides. Although the situation is less dire in Northern California, the City by the Bay is still only at 65% of average precipitation.
In the Sierra Nevada, a crucial water reservoir according to the State Department of Water Resources, snow has been slightly higher than January 2015, when the mountain range suffered the lowest snowpack in 500 years. Snow serves as a backup reservoir that releases over time in rivers, providing 30% of water to people, industry and agriculture in California in warmer months.
California’s reservoirs might not be running dry or preparing for an imminent ‘Day Zero’. However, water has never been abundant in this arid, drought-prone area. With the exacerbated effect of global warming and the crippling water crisis, the 6th largest economy in the world‘s best bet is the adoption of sustainable practices and use of innovative water conservation solutions to lead the nation’s future of drought-resilient cities.
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