California drought: “No relief in sight.” By Brian Carrillo
Temperatures are predicted to rise as California leaves the rainy season. The national weather service writes on their website, “After several days of near-seasonal weather early in the week- with highs in the low-to-mid 70s- the winds will turn offshore, allowing dry, hot conditions to press toward the coast and push temperatures to near record levels, about 15 to 20 degrees above normal. On Friday the high will probably edge over 90 degrees in downtown los Angeles.”
Scientists agree that the current drought in California requires everyone to use water consciously.
- Chairwomen of the Water Resource Control Board, Felicia Marcus, said that; “We are not seeing the level of stepping up and ringing the alarm bells that the situation warrants.”
- California average annual rainfall is 13 inches. The rainiest months of the year are Dec through March. Since Oct 1st, downtown Los Angeles has seen 7 ½ inches.
- Jet propulsion’s laboratory climatologists: “no relief in sight.”
Governor Jerry Brown along with top lawmakers from both parties unveiled a plan that would spend $1 billion on water conservation management:
- To improve the states water infrastructure
- Provide emergency assistance to struggling communities
- Protect wildlife
Brown stopped just short of calling mandatory water rationing. Brown said, “This is a struggle. Something’s we’re going to have to live with. For how long, we’re not sure.”
How the City of Orange is conserving water:
- Prohibiting the watering or irrigation of landscape between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
- Watering or irrigation of landscaping is limited to no more than 15 minutes of watering per day per station.
- Washing down hard or paved surfaces such as driveways, streets, sidewalks, etc. is prohibited.
- Using water to wash a vehicle is prohibited except by hand-held bucket or hand-held hose equipped with positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle.