December brought significant snowpack to the Sierra, breaking records set in the 1970s. But areas like Mendocino and Sonoma are still showing severe drought conditions, and our state’s reservoirs have a long way to go to recover from last year’s historic lows. … The city of Ukiah recognized years ago that investing would be critical for ensuring a reliable water supply, given our region’s dependence on the Russian River and increasing drought conditions. In addition to implementing conservation measures for business and residential properties, we shifted emphasis to recycled water supplies and groundwater.
-Written by Sean White, director of water & sewer for the city of Ukiah.