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Water watch: As California drought persists, these stories and links will help

 

Significantly reduced water supplies in California, apparent at Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, have resulted from the state’s long-lived drought, leading to more conservation measures and heightened awareness of the need to better manage water the state still has.
Significantly reduced water supplies in California, apparent at Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, have resulted from the state’s long-lived drought, leading to more conservation measures and heightened awareness of the need to better manage water the state still has. AP

The last rainy season that saw what is considered “normal” precipitation in the Sacramento region and across Northern California and the West was an increasingly distant 2011-2012.

Since then, dwindling fractions of rain and snow totals have fallen far short of that needed to fill reservoirs, animate streams and rivers, green countrysides and lawns and generally slake the ever-increasing collective thirst that demands immense contributions from nature and wiser management of those wet offerings.

Awareness of the record dry spell and the communities’ need to adjust on levels macro to personal is growing. To provide and spotlight information useful in the quest to save and more effectively use the water remaining, we present this collection of stories, links and other content.

Personal/home use

▪ 10 ways to save water in the kitchen

▪ Which days can I water? City-by-city guide

▪ 7 suggestions for drought behavior

▪ How you can help weather the drought

▪ See how much water your community used last summer

▪ California board approves emergency drought rules for toilets, faucets sold after Jan. 1

▪ Sacramento region faces new round of hefty water cuts

Resources/contacts

▪ Find your community’s water provider

▪ California Water Resources: Send your comment or suggestion

▪ Interactive map: Current drought information for Sacramento

Video: Central Valley farmer faces drought realities

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