How scarce is water in the Valley?

A newly released report by the Department of Water Resources shows just how scarce the water we rely on is becoming.
May 1, 2014 6:21:37 PM PDT
Right below most of Fresno sits a portion of the San Joaquin Valley groundwater basin. But a new study reveals the basins that store most of the water we use are experiencing record low groundwater levels.

A newly released report by the Department of Water Resources shows just how scarce the water we rely on is becoming.

"There are several areas in the San Joaquin Valley where the groundwater levels are at their all time historic lows for measurements collected since 2008," said DWR Senior Engineering Geologist Dane Mathis.

Mathis says if water usage continues at this rate smaller communities might have to rely on water trucks bringing water to their area to meet demands.

"The potentials could show up later this year where small communities could be left with no water," said Mathis.

The DWR conducted their final snow survey of the 2014 year Thursday. The survey at Echo Summit near Lake Tahoe shows there's more bare ground than snow.

"There may be a few little scattered events coming in, but they won't mean anything water supply wise. And it's now just waiting for until we see what comes in next year," said Chief of California Cooperatives Frank Gehrke.

Because of such low snow pack levels water officials say California's reservoirs won't be replenished by melting snow pack this spring and summer.

"The governor has called on all californians and even industries and water suppliers to implement aggressive conservation measures," said Mathis.

He says homeowners with wells as their main source of water are likely to be hit the hardest and may need to deepen their wells or drill a new well.


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