Dozens of California water districts will not receive water amid deepening drought: residents are asked to save
Although it is autumn now, November turned out to be one of the driest and warmest in California. The state is in its third year of drought. Writes about it ABC7News.
The deepening drought prompted the State Department of Water Resources to announce that it will not allocate water to 29 contract water districts next year.
This is the earliest date that The State Water Project announced zero water allocation, a milestone that reflects California's dire conditions. Reservoir reserves fell to historically low levels, writes The Guardian.
The State Water Project is a complex system of reservoirs, canals and dams that works with a federal project to provide water to nearly 40 million people. Lake Oroville, its largest reservoir, is only 30% full, about half of what it normally is at this time of year.
“This is a wake-up call for all of us. We must intensify our efforts. We need to cherish every drop, ”said Adele Hagekhalil, general manager of the Municipal Waters District of Southern California.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is just one of a handful of agencies to receive a small supply of water for health and safety needs. Some, such as the Calleguas Municipal Waters District, rely heavily on water supplied by the state for residents of Southeastern Ventura County.
“We must do everything in our power to conserve water supplies. The situation is quite critical, but we hope we will be able to reduce our water consumption by 15% compared to last year, ”said Dan Drugan, Resource Manager for Calleguas Municipal Waters District.
Customers will be faced with restrictions on the amount of water they use. While the state as a whole has access to water from other sources, such as the Colorado River, some of its constituent agencies in Los Angeles and Ventura counties rely almost exclusively on state supplies. For now, they urge consumers to reduce their water use as much as possible, especially for watering plants.
“Most of the water used in residential buildings is used for irrigation of open landscapes, which is almost 70% of the total water consumption,” Drugan said.
According to landscape expert Erica Santillan, this is where many homeowners can significantly reduce their costs of life-giving moisture.
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“We have tried to create many drought tolerant plants in our projects,” said Santillan, CEO of Inland Garden & Tropics.
Despite zero water production, this does not mean that the taps will be empty. The State Water Project provides only 29 districts that it supplies; others include the Colorado River and local storage facilities.
“We are working with our agencies to supply water. We are trying to stretch the reserves we have for as long as possible in order to be able to provide water to everyone, ”said Hagekhalil.
The percentage of water usually, but not always, increases from December 15st to May after the end of the winter storms replenishing the water supply. But state water officials have warned that dry times will continue and a tough year ahead. The state has so far failed to meet the goal set in July by California Governor Gavin Newsom to voluntarily cut water use by XNUMX%. The Water Authority will review the allocation of water resources next spring.
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