ABOUT THE DROUGHT
With near-record rainfall this season, the drought conditions of almost half of the state have improved. The snowpack has increased, water levels of streams and lakes have risen, and the hillsides are lush and green again. But despite a decent winter, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly 40% of California is still experiencing drought. Although these statistics are improved from recent years, many long-term impacts of the 5-year drought cannot be seen by monitoring the snowpack or measuring winter rainfall. Underground, where much of the state’s water supply comes from, aquifers levels are low. During the drought, California drew heavily from underground basins to supplement water supply due to lack of rainfall. These aquifers are a crucial part of the state’s water system and it can take years for levels to be replenished. Now, more than ever, it is critical that conservation efforts continue to allow California to restore its groundwater supply and secure our resources for the future.
On iEfficient.com, you can get the latest information on the drought and find tips for what you can do to save water.
DROUGHT NEWS FEED
SEE THE DROUGHT
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the graphic below shows just how serious California’s situation is. The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly map of conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The information is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions, as well as reported impacts and observations from hundreds of contributors around the country. The drought map is what policymakers and media use in discussions of drought and in allocating drought relief.
STATE CONSERVATION REGULATIONS
The State Water Resources Control Board has mandated that Californians stop the following activities, or face fines up to $500:
WHAT WE’RE DOING TO FIGHT THE DROUGHT
Local water agencies and cities have been working together for years to make sure that we have a reliable water supply. In order to help ensure that regional water needs are met regardless of climate conditions, they have and will continue to:
Invest in Water Storage
Bank Water in Wet Years
Promote Conservation to their Customers
Develop Alternative Sources
Restoring Imported Water Reliability
We’re now asking local families and businesses to do their part to help end water waste in the Inland Empire. Finding ways to use less water is easy and rewarding.
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