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“We have a water system that is for 18 million people – now we are 38 million. We’ve got to go and redo our water system – bring it up to date.”
Wet February helps, water supply but not enough San Francisco Chronicle
The storms pounding the Bay Area and blanketing the Sierra Nevada with snow have brought California back from the brink of the worst drought in state history, but the drenching is not enough to assure adequate water supplies this summer, state water officials said Monday.
If you live in the state of California, no doubt you are well aware of the serious issue we are facing when it comes to our water supply. Despite all the rain we are experiencing (at least in the Bay Area) and snow in the Sierra, we are still in the midst of a serious drought. Mandatory rationing will be the next step to secure our resources.
Already, over 95,000 jobs have been lost and many more are at risk due to the reduction in crops. The federal government announced that it will temporary shut off water to thousands of farms starting March 1. Since California is the nation’s number one agriculture state producing more than half the nation’s fruits, vegetables, and nuts, the price of food will no doubt increase.
I hope this serves as a reminder for all of us to conserve water. I think thats the least we can do at this point.