Effects Of The Drought On California 's Water Supply Essay

863 Words Dec 7th, 2016 4 Pages
A drought is defined as a “period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems” (USGS). Water years are counted from October 1 to September 30, meaning we just recently entered a new water year. One of the most well-known and troublesome droughts in the United States is the California Drought. It began in 2011 and is now entering its sixth year of drought in 2016. It is described as the worst drought in 1,200 years California has seen (House Committee). The period of June 2015 to May 2016 was recorded as the third warmest recorded in California. There is a high chance that La Nina conditions will continue over the 2016-2017 winter, which has drastic effects on California’s water supply, given that one third of the supply relies on snowpack runoff (USGS). It is negatively affecting jobs and daily lives of people living in California, and new policies must be implemented in order to reverse the effects of the drought. The government is currently tackling this problem at a federal, state, and local level. Governor Edmond G. Brown Jr. stated that in the drought state of emergency, California must reduce water consumption by 20% through the methods outlined by Save Our Water campaign. He also demanded that the local water suppliers follow the local water shortage contingency plans. While these regulations seem fairly reasonable and promising, they are not enough to completely overcome the California Drought. Palm Springs, a city located in California,…

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