California Declared a Drought State of Emergency
This is no doubt not a surprise to anyone living here. Many can probably not remember the last time we had rain.
Governor Jerry Broad declared a drought emergency for California late last week, calling this possibly the worst drought on record, with much of the state in the second most severe category of drought.
Many are now calling for mandatory water conservation measures as we have seen in the past, although the San Diego County Water Authority has not yet implemented mandatory water conservation measures – but it’s only a matter of time.
Certainly many are urging residents to be very cautious about their water consumption - with showers, irrigation, and washing clothes and dishes.
The Governor is requesting a voluntary 20% reduction in water usage by all residents, but some communities are already implementing mandatory conservation measures.
The additional risk, of course, is wildfires, given how warm and dry it had been. Fires have been burning in the LA area as just one example.
We are not alone with regard to severe drought conditions, with 10 other states also in a severe drought.