Beginning in 2007, Southern California’s water reserves have been literally going down the drain. As reported by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, there has been a steady decrease in water reserves since 2007. This has been caused by an increasing population as well as a three-year long drought.
Part of this water problem is due to the Colorado River. This river has undergone a drought in eight past years. As a result of this, the lower reservoirs have received less water, and thus have not been able to replenish themselves.
The goal in recent years has been to increase the storage capacity of surrounding reservoirs. By doing so, the Metropolitan Water District would be able to store more water during non-drought years. This water would then be used during drought years.
To prevent havoc in ensuing drought years, many water districts have enacted voluntary cutbacks. Some water districts have even enacted mandatory cutbacks and rationing. For those customers who do not comply with the drought, there is a much higher water rate. Many conservation programs are being pushed to help reduce the amount of water needed. There are also many other programs, such as those trying to educate customers about water conservation. By educating the public about water conservation as well as easy do-it-yourself ideas to save water, the need for potable water would drastically be reduced.
To read the article from The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, go to: http://www.mwdh2o.com/mwdh2o/pages/yourwater/WaterAlert/