Even though some parts of of Northern California was pelted with rain last month, the latest snow survey confirmed California drought of 2014 is far from over. Department of Water Resources officials say the the statewide snow pack is only one-third of normal despite a modest boost from the April storms. This mean that we are in for a tough fire season this summer.
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)firmly supports the regional water conservation effort as key ingredient to manage the drought conditions that will persist in 2014 and beyond.
The Board of ACWA approved a resolution urging water agencies throughout California to notify customers to increase conservation in an effort to stretch water supplies this year and protect water reserves in anticipation of the drought conditions continuing well into 2015. In our case, San Jose Water company which supplies our water in Los Gatos, has requested voluntary conservation measures in the wake of the Governor’s drought emergency declaration. Governor Jerry Brown declared a water emergency on January 17, 2014 .
California has made significant investments in local groundwater storage, regional surface water storage, conservation and water recycling, and those investments are allowing many agencies to manage drought conditions in 2014. But these water conservation efforts must be sustained well into 2015 and beyond.
That’s why we are considering drought resistant plants for rental properties we manage for our clients in Los Gatos, San Jose, Campbell and Saratoga.
What are your water conservation plans for your rental properties?
We can hope that conditions