In Drought, Don’t Take Water for Granted
But this drought is an immediate challenge to others. Already Governor Newsom declared drought emergencies in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. There is also going to be tremendous hardship in the Central Valley, as farmers who grow our food simply have less water to farm. There is less water behind Hoover Dam, as the Colorado River faces the likelihood of its first-ever shortage declaration next year based on the long-term drought in that watershed.
We do not know when this drought will be over. We in Southern California are not expected to face mandates to lower water use this summer, but we should take this as a challenge to see how we can be even more respectful of, and more efficient in, our use of water.