An update on the California Drought

An update on the California Drought

For the first time since December 2011 (the most intense period of the drought was October 2014), the number of California residents in drought is zero.

However, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), about 5,807,000 Californians or 16% of us including the Coachella Valley, still live in areas identified as abnormally dry and have some lingering water deficits. Thankfully, we have an underground aquifer that protects us from the effects of short-term drought.

You can see the current state of the drought, along with previous conditions, here.

What does this mean?

It means that although we may not be in a drought today, we must all make conservation a way of life. Not wasting water is just the right thing to do.

During the time of the drought, Californians by Executive Order B-29-15, were mandated to save and reduce water usage by 25 percent. Californians stepped up to meet the challenge, cutting our water use through water saving practices including installing efficient landscapes and water-efficient appliances. Some customers also took advantage of their agency’s rebate programs for replacing turf and old, inefficient toilets and installing weather-based irrigation controllers.

These rebates may still be available. Check here for your agency’s rebate program . CV Water Counts was created as a regional resource to help all customers conserve by providing helpful and easy to follow tips to save water.

Have you taken the pledge to save? If not take the plunge (pun intended) here.

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