“As a new storm sweeping the state proved to be substantially less than a drought-buster, one of the largest water providers in the suburban Sacramento region ordered customers to reduce their water use by 25 percent.
“San Juan Water District’s board of directors adopted a Stage 3 water warning Wednesday night, putting some teeth into the voluntary conservation measures that have been in place for months.
From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog, in a post by Carla Marinucci:
“[Gov. Jerry] Brown was asked at a San Francisco press conference about the bridge and other issues, including the drought, when he’ll declare for re-election and whether indicted state Sen. Ron Calderon should resign.”
“Fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the Sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of Californians are wondering: Why isn’t everyone being forced to ration?
“Under intensifying pressure, leading Southern California water managers promised Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday that they will take more aggressive steps to encourage conservation after weeks of caution.
“With the Sierra snowpack meager and reservoir levels rapidly shrinking, Brown has implored Californians to cut use by as much as 20 percent.”
“Wednesday’s rain ended a record 52-day winter dry spell in Sacramento, and Thursday’s storm in the Sierra deepened the snowpack. Good thing, too, since it’s by no means certain that the city’s water-conservation campaign is going to work.”
“The California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday it would offer assistance to three area foothill water districts at risk of running out of water — two at Shaver Lake and one at Bass Lake.”
“After weeks of an epic dry spell, the cities of Sacramento and Folsom ordered residential and business customers alike to cut water consumption by at least 20 percent starting earlier this month. But even though the cities intend to police the operation of lawn sprinklers to some extent, any water used behind closed doors – no matter how big the customer – is essentially on the honor system.”
“As the winter progresses with no break from last year’s parched conditions, concern is mounting that California may be headed for a replay of the big drought of the late 1980s through the early 1990s, or even worse, 1977. …
“Gov. Jerry Brown has not yet issued an official drought proclamation but said Monday that he soon will.”