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California Experiences its Driest February on Record

In the rolling hills of Fallbrook, California, Joseph Rossi and his family have been growing avocados at Rossi Ranch for 23 years.

The fruit has become so popular they now rely on their farm alone to make a living.

“It’s 100 percent of our income for the past seven years now,” Rossi said.

Is it Safe to Drink Tap Water During Coronavirus? Here’s What SLO Officials Say

San Luis Obispo’s water supply is safe and reliable, according to city officials, who note they’ve had several questions regarding water quality amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a news release, city officials reassured customers their tap supply “continues to be of the highest quality and is completely safe to drink.”

“There is no threat to your public drinking water supply and no need to use bottled water,” San Luis Obispo officials said in the release.

‘Miracle March’: California’s Sierra Nevada Pummeled by Feet of Snow

Snow has finally diminished a bit after California’s Sierra Nevada picked up several feet of snow, part of a “Miracle March” weather pattern helping to replenish vital, water-providing snowpack after a record-dry February.

Heavy snow began in the Sierra last Saturday and continued through Monday night leading to major travel headaches.

Monday night, a section of Interstate 80 westbound near the California-Nevada state line was closed due to multiple spinouts.

Winter Storm a Massive Boost for Sierra Snowpack

One storm does not make a “Miracle March” but what an impact the last few days have had on the Sierra snowpack.

Continuous snow at Lake Tahoe since Saturday morning has added 13% to the snowpack, according to Jeff Anderson, water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Nevada.

“To gain back that amount this time of year is really hard,” Anderson told the Tribune.

‘An Immediate and Dramatic Business Concern’: How COVID-19 is Disrupting the Energy Sector

The economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic could cause widespread disruptions in the energy sector, tightening demand, jeopardizing supply chains, diverting regulatory attention and negating previous growth forecasts for solar and storage deployment, according to financial analysts and industry experts.

The novel coronavirus outbreak will be a “significant global crisis, triggering an economic slowdown” — which will likely affect the broader clean energy transition, including renewables, energy storage, and electric vehicles, analysts at BloombergNEF said in a report published last week.

Water Service Will Continue During Shelter-in-Place

San Jose Water customers will have uninterrupted service and water shutoffs for nonpayment will be suspended while the Bay Area undergoes shelter-in-place orders to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, the utility company announced Monday.

The company’s customer service office at 110 West Taylor St. will be closed beginning Monday, but residents can get support online at . Non-essential service appointments will be canceled, the company said.