Spotlight: California drought

by Vincenzo Marino 0

This year, California is on track to have one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. Fresh water lakes and rivers are drying up fast.

At the Castaic lower lake, the evaporation rate is a foot and a half for every two weeks. Swim beaches have been closed for the season, and for the first time in 30 years the Castaic Lake Fourth of July fireworks display has been canceled.

With snowpack also at record lows, concern about the lack of fresh water is beginning to intensify. In January, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency. He called on all Californians to reduce water consumption by 20 percent.

To see if Californians are heeding the Governors calls to conserve water, Cougar News sat down with Steve Cole, General Manager of Newhall County Water District. NCWD provides water service to over 44,000 people in the Santa Clarita Valley.

We asked Cole if NCWD has seen a reduction in water usage.

“We’ve been monitoring it closely…but looking at the demands, it has been dry and we have not seen a reduction in demand so far this year.”

According to Cole, 70 percent of water usage is for outdoor purposes, such as washing the car and watering the lawn. By limiting outdoor water use, each and every Californian can do his or her part in helping the state conserve water.

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