May 16, 2016

California drought: Government warns ‘this is just the beginning’

California
USA
by
Debra Killalea
,
news.com.au
A groundwater level sign emphasises the urgency of a drought-related water supply emergency in the community of Lake of the Woods in Los Padres National Forest last year. Photo: AP
A groundwater level sign emphasises the urgency of a drought-related water supply emergency in the community of Lake of the Woods in Los Padres National Forest last year. Photo: AP

IT HAS been in drought for five long years and some fear they are in the grip of a never-ending dry spell.

The situation has become so severe that the state’s leader has launched permanent water conservation measures.
Welcome to daily life for people in California who have been subjected to a dry spell many Australian states have experienced first hand many times.

The situation in California is beyond severe with around 90 per cent of the state still in drought.

Just this week the state’s Governor Jerry Brown urged water suppliers to start planning for a future where this situation could be the norm as climate change kicks in