#PayAttentionCalifornia We dodged a bullet this last cycle, but barely. Here in the Sacramento Valley remember how empty the Folsom, Oroville, Clementine, and other local reservoirs got after years of unrelenting drought. But don’t be fooled for a minute. Even though the reservoirs are back to capacity, the one thing we learned is that the Sierra watershed does not produce or store enough water to meet the needs of residents, agriculture and wildlife. And don’t forget the resulting wildfires.
As the weather patterns become more polarized and unpredictable, we cannot assume that drought seasons are the exception going forward. Cape Town is the first major city preparing to become the very first modern metropolis to hit Day Zero. It will not be the last.
There are reasons why Southern California is lobbying for the delta tunnel project, and why the Governor is supporting it. Hard choices have to be made. Which means we here in Sacramento and the Central valley are going to have to take this seriously, or we’re going to find ourselves counting down to our own Day Zero sooner rather than later.
In fact, within the past few years, didn’t Folsom or Cool face a mandatory shut-off from Folsom Reservoir, because it was getting too low to supply the rest of us downstream?
Officials in the South African city of 3.7 million are restricting water usage amid fears it will run out of water by April 21. Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by rapid population growth.