Angelenos, Water, and California’s Never Ending Drought

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State water experts said it would take 150% of the average rainfall for California to recover from the current drought. That would mean a total of 75 inches of rain from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015…

It’s no big secret that California is in a drought. The issue has become so severe that the latest state election featured two propositions aimed at managing California’s water. Yet, the question remains, how much water does California need to get out of its rut?

The severity of California’s drought can be difficult to grasp since every time we turn on our faucets, flush our toilets, and take our showers water comes pouring out of our pipes. Californians (Angelenos in particular) are removed from their drinking water sources. Angelenos don’t have freshwater lakes, or reservoirs of frozen water at high altitudes. Almost all of our water comes from the Colorado River and California’s own State Water Project. This removal makes it more difficult for Angelenos to know and understand their water and the current lack of water through out all of California.

On Tuesday, much of California saw a large downpour of rain. Some cities faced evacuation scares, floods, and dangerous traffic accidents. However, even if California would receive a week of heavy rain, California still wouldn’t be back to normal water levels. Its going to take a more storms like the one seen Tuesday to make up for the lack of rain in the past few years. Until then Angelenos should continue to do their fair share in conserving water.

While most of the state’s hydrologic regions continued to conserve at consistent rates, the South Coast Hydrologic Region, which includes Los Angeles, reduced its water use only 1.4% in October. During summer months, the region had cut use by as much as 7.8%, helping push statewide water conservation to its highest levels this year.

 

Quotes taken from this Los Angeles Times news article

 

Post by Gabriela

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