Re: California’s drought emergency plan for the next year
We are currently in the middle of a major drought emergency, according to a new forecast from the California Department of Water Resources.
The agency said that the state’s total water needs for the year, which ends on March 31, will be 10 percent of the average California consumption.
That means that California’s total need for water will be 9 percent higher than the normal range of 10 percent to 12 percent.
The state’s water distribution system, which supplies most of the state with water, is still operating well.
The state is expected to have to borrow more than $400 million to meet its needs for water, and it will be taking on additional water to meet that debt, the agency said.
That extra water will come from the Sierra Nevada mountains and from the Central Valley.
The drought emergency will allow the state to continue to receive the water that it needs from the central and eastern portions of the country, and from reservoirs in the Pacific Northwest.
But the drought emergency doesn’t allow California to draw from other sources, including from underground water storage in the Central West.
The drought emergency also doesn’t mean the state won’t be able to keep producing water, the drought agency said, noting that California can draw from its reservoirs and that water can still be drawn from groundwater supplies and from underground storage in California.