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Keep Conserving, Officials Say, San Bernardino Valley Groundwater Basins Are ‘Historically Low’

As the Inland area dries out from this winter’s soaking, residents might be tempted to crank up their lawn sprinklers and wash the dust off their driveways, but not so fast, water officials say. All that rain has done little to erase the deficits in local groundwater basins which are at historic lows thanks to two decades of drought, according to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, which manages water for 700,000 residents from Fontana to Yucaipa. Riverside is also a big user of water from San Bernardino valley basins. “The sky is not falling by any stretch, but the trend is negative,” said Bob Tincher, deputy general manager of resources for the district.