By Miriam Raftery
February 7, 2018 (Sacramento) – California could be heading into a new drought. Electronic measurements taken February 1st by the state’s Department of Water Resources reveal that rainfall and snowpack water levels remain below average, four months into the rainy season.
Snowpack water levels take at 103 stations in the Sierra Nevada are only 27 percent of average for the date historically. The snowpack provides about 30 percent of California’s water needs.
While there is still a possibility of wet weather in late February and March, Karla Nemeth, director of the Department of Water Resources, says, “It’s vital that water conservation efforts remain consistent regardless of the year’s precipitation.”
For more information on February's snow survey, read DWR’s press release.