|California Drought 2014
California in Crisis
With California’s reservoir levels at historic lows, rainfall and snow pack below normal, and court-ordered environmental restrictions on water deliveries, the state is in one of the most severe water crises ever faced. EVMWD depends on imported water, receiving 67 percent of its water from outside sources along with 23 percent from its groundwater wells and 10 percent from Canyon Lake, the District’s sole source of surface water.
Conservation Efforts at Home
Conservation is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. EVMWD is doing its part to help customers conserve and ensure a healthy supply of water this year and in those to come.
At EVMWD, we are protecting our resources during California’s ongoing water crisis by providing our customers with the tools and incentives to be a part of the solution by conserving water.
In January, Gov. Brown declared a statewide emergency drought and is asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. California is experiencing the driest year in recorded history for many areas and current conditions suggest no change in sight for 2014.
The drought is so severe that most of the state’s major water storage reservoirs, such as Lake Oroville and Shasta, are only at one-third of their capacity. Even Diamond Valley Lake, which was created to meet Southern California’s emergency water needs, has been tapped to help the region get through this crisis. Many water agencies throughout the state are facing mandatory conservation and rationing as a result.
In December 2007, a U.S. District Court judge ordered pumping restrictions on the State Water Project to protect a small fish known as the delta smelt. The order reduced water deliveries by up to 50 percent for Southern California and cut supplies to 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmland.
EVMWD faces the same challenges during this crisis as other agencies throughout the state. While the District has taken steps through the years to store groundwater, find new sources of drinking water, expand recycled water usage and promote water conservation, EVMWD will need to do more than ever to ensure a reliable supply.