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Drought?

Looks like everyone has their water except the farmers.

Jun 29, 2016

If you're trying to figure out if there's a drought in California it can be a little confusing.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor 43% of the state suffers from extreme or exceptional drought.  However, the Governor asked the State Water Board to relax the strict conservation standards imposed last year.   

The L.A. Dept. of Water and Power says their conservation restrictions are no longer in place.  In the Coachella Valley, home to Palm Springs and 124 golf courses, their 36% reduction target last year is now 0%.  Beverly Hills is also shooting for 0%.  Beverly Hills gets their water from the Metropolitan Water District that also supplies much of SoCal's water.  MWD also says it has enough water for its customers needs.  

The Municipal Water District of Orange County says it has enough water, but is asking for voluntary 10% reductions from customers.  

Here are some recent headlines:  Sacramento Region to California:  We've Got Plenty of Water; How much water are top  suppliers committing to save this year?  Zilch; What drought?  Many Californians no longer required to curb water use; LADWP sees no need for state-mandated water conservation; Clovis adds a day to watering schedule.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) isn't happy, of course.  They say the 0% targets 'sends a confusing message' to Californians.  

Water districts are conflicted because they make money by selling water, and make less when people conserve.  That's why you didn't see them crack down on water hogs who were perceived to be wasting water.  They hated to see the water being wasted, but liked seeing the revenue coming in.

Our NorCal reservoirs are full (The 2 largest reservoirs in California are above 90% full; Largest California reservoirs releasing water for flood safety)  No one's conserving.  As of today, 9.1-million acre feet have flowed through the delta and out to sea since mid-December for the environment.  Looks like everyone has their water except the farmers.  Guess that's the way it's going to be.  

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