The water level of Lake Oroville is near a record-breaking low.
Even if winter brought extreme amounts of rainfall, the condition of the climate wouldn’t return to normal after such a long drought.
What can we do about it?
Homeowners and businesses can cut back on water usage – we encourage you to consider replacing your natural lawn with artificial lawn, for two reasons: one, irrigation is responsible for around 30% of your water bill (unless you’re in a very dry area, like California), and two, artificial grass doesn’t need water.
As we head toward the five-year marker, it’s becoming clear that the drought may be around for much longer. We know there have been periods of drought spanning for more than two decades in the past, but could this drought stick around long enough to become a modern day mega-drought?
Experts are worried about water levels. So much in fact, at least 29 public water agency won’t be receiving the water they have requested.
The 29 public water agencies that rely on water delivered by the State Water Project will only receive 10 percent of requested water next year.
The initial allocation for 2016 was announced Tuesday and may change depending on the amount of rain and snow this winter. This calendar year State Water Project customers received a 20 percent allocation.
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