Millions in Southern California are Cut Out of the Water Supply

U.S. West Mega Drought - Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash

Parts of SoCal face full outdoor watering ban by September – Los Angeles Times

The State of California and the entire U.S. West are facing a whole-blown water crisis.  Reservoirs are running on “fumes” as the water levels continue to shrink and demand surges.  A decade-long mega-drought attributed to global warming or bad luck is not helping either.  California sources 40% of its water from the Colorado River.

California is forcing its hand on residents by limiting them to watering outdoors only one day per week or, in some cases cutting completely.  The State directs the Water District of Southern California to balance indoor water usage to 55 daily gallons per head, and they aim to reduce it to 47 daily gallons per head.

“January, February, and March of this year were the driest three months in recorded state history regarding rainfall and snowfall, Kimitch said.

The Metropolitan Water District said 2020 and 2021 had the least rainfall for two consecutive years. In addition, Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s principal reservoir, reached its lowest point last year since being filled in the 1970s.”

California wants to reduce the quality of life for humans vs. investing in de-salinization plants.  One resident commented, “They are listening to CC extremist (loud donors) that are worried about salinization messing with coastal sea life…It’s more profitable to the politicians to make the people ration water to satisfy these special interests then fix the problem.” on Fox News.

Read more on this story at the following additional news sources:

  1. Parts of SoCal face full outdoor watering ban by September  Los Angeles Times
  2. California declares historic water emergency measures amid drought  The Washington Post
  3. Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California  Fox News
  4. Water restrictions ordered for Southern California  Los Angeles Times
  5. Starting June 1, SoCal water supplier to limit outdoor irrigation to 1 day per week  CBS Los Angeles
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