Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on the California Department of Water Resources’ February snowpack survey to measure depth and water content in the Sierra Nevada watershed.
“Though the results of the latest snow survey show California’s snowpack is running near average after storms in October and December, precipitation over the next two months will determine our water supply outlook for the rest of the year. And after two years of extremely dry conditions, we need a lot more than just average to replenish our depleted reservoirs.
“A wet December followed by a mostly dry January demonstrates the volatility of California’s climate and the need for residents to continue reducing their water use regardless of weather patterns. We are seeing the real-time impacts of climate change. Each of us can make a difference and be part of the solution by striving to be as efficient in our water use as possible and by supporting big investments in recycling and other local supplies, storage and resilient water delivery systems.”
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provide water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.