The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today declared an end to drought conditions in the region, citing heavy local rainfall and snow in western mountain areas. According to the Water Authority, precipitation at San Diego’s official reporting station at Lindbergh Field is 172 percent of average at this time. Statewide snow-water content is 193 percent of average, while the snowpack in the Colorado River Basin — where San Diego obtains some of its water — is also well above normal, the SDCWA reported.
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Drought conditions have retreated from nearly half of California after January’s onslaught of storms, the U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday, and one large water wholesaler urged state regulators to lift restrictions on areas with adequate supplies. The board of directors of the San Diego County Water Authority voted to declare an end to drought conditions in its region and to call on Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to rescind statewide emergency water-use regulation.
Record-setting winter precipitation in the Northern Sierra, coupled with heavy local rainfall and a significant snowpack in the upper Colorado River basin, prompted the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors today to declare an end to drought conditions in the region. The Board resolution also calls on Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board to rescind the statewide emergency water-use regulation for areas of California that are no longer in drought conditions.
The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Thursday declared an end to drought conditions in the region, citing heavy local rainfall and snow in western mountain areas. According to the Water Authority, precipitation at San Diego’s official reporting station at Lindbergh Field is 172 percent of average at this time. Statewide snow-water content is 193 percent of average, while the snowpack in the Colorado River Basin — where San Diego obtains some of its water — is also well above normal, the SDCWA reported.
A town hall meeting held on Thursday is answering questions after toxic levels of lead were found in the water supply for Sacramento State. The study was done after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The overall goal is to have no lead in the water, but different agencies have different regulations for what’s acceptable. The California Department of Public Health allows lead concentration up to 0.2 micrograms per liter. The FDA allows up to five micrograms per liter. The Environmental Protection Agency takes action at 15 micrograms per liter.
After a couple weeks of on-and-off heavy rain and snow in Northern California, things are finally starting to dry out and clear up as total water accumulation amounts are being thrust into the spotlight. Water officials have declared that a portion of California is out of the drought with above average rainfall and feet of snow piling up in the Sierra. Sacramento received above average rainfall in October, with 4.41 inches when the average is just over an inch. However, November was more than an inch below the average rainfall of 2.43 inches.
A proposed desalination plant in Orange County could get a boost from President Donald Trump’s administration, but not everyone is happy about that. The Poseidon Water Company has wanted to build the Huntington Beach Desalination Project, but it has been tied up in red tape for more than a decade. The proposed desalination plant popped up on an allegedly leaked Trump administration list of 50 infrastructure projects.Opponents of the project said the state has shot down the plans for the past 17 years because it’s environmentally unsound and too expensive to desalinate water.
Ding-dong the wicked drought isn’t quite dead, but after the latest series of storms it’s buried for the time being. Reservoirs in Orange County and throughout Southern California have finally gotten the injection needed to get through a year without the millions of gallons of water that was being bought over the last half-decade. Irvine Lake off Santiago Canyon Road, for example, in the past seven days rose 6 feet. Barbara’s Lake, Orange County’s only natural lake – dry for the past year – is suddenly full.
It’s official: The deluge of rain that soaked California in recent weeks has washed away the worst instances of the drought in the state, according to an analysis released Thursday. While none of the state remains in the worst category known as “exceptional,” the drought continues in the south and central portions of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said. However, there was a major improvement shown in just the last week due to a series of tropical storms that produced substantial precipitation statewide.
A year ago, exceptional drought — the most serious kind — covered 40 percent of California. As of Thursday, following weeks of heavy rain storms and massive dumps of mountain snow, exceptional drought has vacated the state. The intensity and coverage of California’s drought has shrunk dramatically since October when 80 percent of the state was declared a drought area by the U.S. government’s Drought Monitor. Now just about half the state has drought conditions — entirely focused in central and southern California. The Drought Monitor indicated that Northern California was drought-free two weeks ago.