Flood Emergency=Drought Emergency
That means less and less water for everyone every year...unless we create more storage.
Jan 25, 2017
When rivers are full, when cities are flooding, when reservoirs are releasing water because they're too full, when there's more water than we know what to do with, when is it time to say it's not a drought any more? The current rainy season proves beyond a doubt that the drought is man-made. If we had systems in place to tame this wild water and places to store it we would be ready for the next drought which will most certainly come soon.
The water agencies are asking the State Water Board to let them discontinue water conservation mandates that restrict their ability to sell water to their constituents. Why would they want to do that? Isn't conservation a good idea even when we're flush with water? Water agencies have fixed costs. They are really billing customers for the delivery of the water and it costs the same to deliver 75% of the water as it does 100%, but they don't get the same revenue. They would like to sell 100% rather than raise rates, which is highly unpopular.
California's population is projected to grow to 44 million by 2030 and 50 million by mid century. We cannot continue to survive with the current water infrastructure. We will have the same amount of water to divide among millions of more people. That means less and less water for everyone every year...unless we create more storage.
So now with all the rain, we're in the confusing situation of the State Water Board saying the drought continues while the Governor has declared 50 counties to be in a flood emergency requiring federal help. Can it really be both?
If we're still in a drought, we will always be in a drought, and it will always be man-made.
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