Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Soggy outlook

Drought continues to shrink, federal government says

Due to ongoing rain, 44 percent of California is now in severe drought, down from 49 percent a week ago, while 42 percent is out of drought entirely. NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor

Mercury News

With reservoirs nearly full, the Sierra snowpack well above average and flood warnings in place for some rivers, federal scientists reported today a continued weakening of California's drought. Overall, 44 percent of the state remains in severe drought conditions or worse, down from 49 percent a week ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor said. A year ago, the same report found 86 percent of the state was in severe drought or worse.


Should drought rules be lifted? Suppliers think so

Sacramento Bee & Los Angeles Daily News

With rivers roaring and more rain coming, California's drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat? A chorus of urban water districts Wednesday urged the State Water Resources Control Board to allow the state's emergency conservation rules to expire.


Lessons from state investor-owned water utilities


When California entered its fourth year of drought in 2015, state regulators took action, forcing water providers to make fundamental changes in how they operate and to develop plans for sustainable water supplies and financially-sound business operations. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are at the forefront in responding and are leading the way in preparing for tomorrow's water challenges.