From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources:
“Recent rains across California are not enough to end the drought, but they are enough to eliminate the need to water landscaping for several weeks. Experts with the California Department of Water Resources, University of California Cooperative Extension and University of California, Davis, together urge all residents, business owners, and government agencies to shut off sprinkler and irrigation systems until soils dry again.
“When residents at Regency Villas in University City got a peek of the condo complex’s drought-resistant landscaping during a clubhouse reception last week, it was a watershed moment, said community association manager Pamela Walker.
“The association had pulled out an old spa, some outdated irrigation equipment and a hodgepodge of thirsty plants.
“Recent rains have provided plenty of moisture to keep grass happy for several weeks, according to state water experts. Yet it hasn’t rained nearly enough to end the drought, meaning every drop saved now will mean there’s more water available later, when the rainy season ends.”
“That could be southern Alameda County’s stark new reality as people who water lawns too often could get slapped with a misdemeanor if the Alameda County Water District board declares an emergency water shortage Thursday with mandatory limits on landscape irrigation.”
“Sacramento likes its status as the ‘City of Trees.’
“We say hello to stately elms and wave at friendly palms. We worry over heritage oaks and nurture weeping cherries. We love their shade, their fruit, their beauty. And when it comes to sharing our water, trees become our priority.”
“For home builders and construction companies, the lack of rain has allowed them to get their jobs done without any weather-related delays. Yet, they said the drought is changing the future of home building as companies are preparing for what they call ‘a major pressure’ for houses that feature water-saving designs and devices.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Stephanie Pincetl and Terri Hogue:
“Los Angeles uses less water per capita than any other U.S. city with more than 1 million people: about 123 gallons per person per day. Although the city is setting an example for the rest of the state, it can do much more.”
“Commissioners officially declared a state of emergency due to drought in Klamath County on Tuesday. The declaration asks Gov. John Kitzhaber to do the same, saying the ‘appropriate response is beyond the capability of Klamath County.’”