Lake Mead isn’t the only water source that has disappeared over the past year in the region thanks to this stubborn drought. A recent article from CBS News also demonstrates another water source disappearing – the Guadalupe River in San Jose. The river, which is typically a flowing 14 mile river, is now bone-dry for eight miles. The startling views have residents and Californians alike in fear for what else the drought will dry up and how they can continue to live in these conditions.
NASA made claims this spring that California only has enough water for one more year, though many other experts say there may be a slight bit more time than that. Nonetheless, no snow means no snowmelt means no water being replenished. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins, the combined water sources of snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil water and groundwater amounted to a volume that was 34 million acre-feet below normal levels in 2014. With very little relief in sight, residents are still being encouraged to conserve in ways that are innovative, creative and strict.
While the drought still continues to affect California, residents have stepped up in many ways when it comes to dealing with the restrictions and requirements set forth earlier this year by the Governor. According to one report, the State Water Board announced on June 30th that California’s urban water suppliers exceeded the statewide conservation goal of 25% despite being the hottest June on record. Californians reduced water use by 27.3%, saving 59.4 billion gallons or 182,151 acre-feet, as compared to June 2013.
There are still a lot of changes to make and water to conserve. While residents cannot do anything about the water sources drying up in response to the heat and drought conditions, you can make informed and responsible decisions when it comes to water appliances like home water treatment systems. Choosing LINX® technology means you’ll get a water filter that reduces water waste up to 90% when compared to traditional reverse osmosis drinking water systems and is efficient and effective at the same time; not all drinking water systems are equal. Californians are taking it upon themselves to reduce water waste and conserve wherever and however they can. Our drinking water systems can help you meet these goals and still enjoy the benefits of safe, purified drinking water.