The lingering drought has drained Lake Tahoe below its natural rim for the first time in 5 years, cutting off the flow of the Truckee River.
Parts of California could receive above-average rain and snow this winter but not enough to end the ongoing drought, federal forecasters said Thursday.
State officials on Tuesday reported the largest monthly decline in water use this year as the severity of California’s drought hits home, with community wells running dry, farm fields turning to dust and once massive reservoirs becoming vast mudflats.
A new Mazda was crushed by the 100-foot pine tree that crews spent hours removing. The owner of the car, a local 911 operator, was at work at the time and not in the car.
Cooley doesn’t expect the drought to dwindle his Halloween business this season, but the future of Cool Patch Pumpkins all depends on the weather.
California officials are urging residents and businesses to conserve water as the state ends one of the driest-ever “water years.”
So far, only about 4 percent of larger water districts in the state are setting limits on individual water use. But in the San Juan Water District where people rely on Folsom Lake for all their water, individual household water allocation could become a reality too.
At Big Bend Mobile Home Park north of Oroville, more than 30 families are severely cutting back. The water supply is to the point that neighbors say the water is shut off entirely between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
UC Davis is upgrading, becoming the posterchild of winery sustainability. The winery runs on solar power, and newly installed fermenting tanks will soon connect to a water-recycling system capable of reusing 90 percent of the water used to clean equipment.
Denair homeowner Gilbert Meeks’ well went dry on Memorial Day and he was without water for ten weeks. He relied on a hose and a neighbor to get by until a deeper well was drilled and the county and irrigation district stopped farmers from pumping too much ground water to replenish the canal.
The situation could get worse with a wet storm system expected to hit Tuesday or Wednesday.
California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.