We couldn't pump all that water if we wanted to, but we could sure pump a whole lot more than we're doing...but we choose not to.
May 13, 2019
With all the rain we've had in California you might have forgotten that residential indoor water rationing begins next year because of a pair of bills signed by then Gov. Jerry Brown last year during the drought. They will limit indoor water use to 55 gallons per day per person. The problem is that the way California manages its water it might make sense.
Just a few days ago we checked Delta inflow/outflow stats since April 1st that showed 6.1 million a/f flowed into the Delta, over 5.8 million a/f flowed right through and out to the ocean. About 195,000 acre feet were pumped to all of the people of L.A., San Diego and farmers in the Central Valley. You can calculate what percent 195,000 is of 6.1 million...about 3%...while environmentalists tell you farmers use 80% of the water.
We couldn't pump all that water if we wanted to, but we could sure pump a whole lot more than we're doing...but we choose not to. It's a human decision, a political decision made mostly by unelected water board members and the bureaucracy that works for them.
What is so painfully obvious is that we need more places to store the water we get in these big rain and snow years, but because there's no place to put it we lose it.
By the way, remember Prop 1 that passed in 2014 for water storage projects. It's going mostly to projects we wouldn't consider top priority projects, but even those projects are still lost in the bureaucracy after almost 5 years.
The projects now must complete the remaining Proposition 1 requirements, including final permits, environmental documents, contracts for the administration of public benefits, and commitments for non-Proposition 1 funding.
Throughout this process, the Commission will continue to meet with the applicants, state agencies and stakeholders to review the status of each project. Once an applicant has obtained all the necessary permits, documents and contracts, the Commission will hold a final award hearing.
Californians Face Residential Water Rationing Next Year Following Record 2019 Snowpack
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