Re "Sierra's dry spell nearing a record" (Page A1, Feb. 27): Once again, it's "one step forward and two steps back." Despite a good start to the water year, persistent dry weather in January and February means that the Sierra snowpack continues to drop further below normal for this time of year.
And, now, we're running out of time for a comeback, because snowpack typically peaks in early April before it begins to melt with the rising spring temperatures.
While weather patterns are certainly unpredictable and beyond our control, it's important to remember that we do have control over our water use. The Regional Water Authority and local water providers urge residents to use water efficiently, especially outdoors where most water use -- and water waste -- occurs.
In particular, as spring and the outdoor watering season approaches, we ask residents to tune up their sprinklers to make sure they run efficiently. Readers can learn more at BeWaterSmart.info.
-- Amy Talbot, Citrus Heights