October 2, 2008

Despite Rain, State Water Director Calls for Continued Water Conservation

Weather forecasts are predicting rain in all parts of the state on Friday and in some parts on Saturday. In preparation for the first rain of the season, Lester Snow, the director of the California Department of Water Resources, issued the following statement today:

"Weather forecasters are predicting rain this week in both Northern and Southern California. However, it is important for Californians to understand that a small rainstorm will not end our water problems. We will still be in a drought. We all need to continue to conserve water at our homes and our places of work.

"Because of two back-to-back severely dry years, not even one extremely wet winter will end California's drought. We would need several above average years to replenish our reservoirs and groundwater supply. Despite this weekend's bit of rain, long-range weather forecasts predict 2009 to be another dry year for California, making it essential that we save water in every possible way."

In June, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued Executive Order S-06-08 declaring a statewide drought, which directed state agencies and departments to take immediate action to address California's serious drought conditions and water delivery reductions. He also issued a Central Valley State of Emergency Proclamation for nine Central Valley counties (Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern) to address that area's urgent water needs.

For additional information about the drought, visit the Department of Water Resource's drought web page at www.water.ca.gov/drought.

The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water needs.

SOURCE: Dept. of Water Resources