California has been in a drought for several decades.
And now, a time-honored tradition is returning in full-force.
According to KRON4, Governor Newsom and other state leaders met this week to discuss the current dry conditions.
The first few months of 2022 have been the driest we’ve ever had.
Like, literally, in the time since we started recording these things, it’s worse than that.
KRON4 quotes the governor’s press release:
“Every water agency across the state needs to take more aggressive actions to communicate about the drought emergency and implement conservation measures”
Many of the states current water reservoirs are about half as full as they usually are.
To help with the situation, the governor is considering proposing significant water restrictions.
These could range anywhere from education to fines.
From the governor’s press release:
“Californians made significant changes since the last drought but we have seen an uptick in water use, especially as we enter the summer months. We all have to be more thoughtful about how to make every drop count.”
According to a 2015 study by the PPIC Water Policy Center, individual water use in dry years accounts for approximately 11% of overall use.
28% can be attributed to Environmental use (such as maintaining rivers, wetlands, Delta overflow, and instream flows).
But a whopping 61% is being used by agriculture.
This means crop production and manufactured goods.
On top of that, FoodAndWaterWatch.org notes that nearly 20% of agribusiness water use goes towards cultivating tree nuts.
But sure, 5 minute showers will definitely help the situation.