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Drought Conditions Spread Throughout California — Here’s What SLO County Looks Like

Heading into the heart of summer, drought conditions have held steady in San Luis Obispo County but worsened in other parts of the state. Abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions have spread along the Northern California coast and into fire-scorched areas north of the Bay Area, according to recent U.S. Drought Monitor maps. Much of the Central Coast was saved from severe drought conditions after “Minor Miracle March” storms swept through the area during the spring.

OPINION: California Should Turn To Markets To Solve Its Water Woes

After a brief reprieve, California once again is entering a drought. Having just climbed out of the state’s worst drought in centuries, this news is a sober reminder that reform is urgently needed to avoid endless water wars. Thanks to population growth and climate change, the problem is not going away any time soon.

Deputy Director Of San Diego’s Water Department Retires

The Deputy Director for the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department has announced his retirement. Michael Vogl will be retiring from the city after more than 28 years of employment, a city spokesperson told NBC 7 Responds. “The City was made aware of his retirement plans in advance, allowing for appropriate transition of knowledge and responsibilities,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Key San Diego Region Water Rate To Rise Less Than 1% In 2019

The water authority’s board last week approved a 0.9 percent increase in the wholesale rate it will charge 24 member agencies, including the City of San Diego, for treated water in 2019. The authority noted that it’s own supplies from the Colorado River are now less expensive that the water it buys from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District.