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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.

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We live in a semi-arid region

What I think must happen is this. Our leaders, from Governor Brown to individual city mayors, must realize California is in a perpetual drought and initiate year round water conservation. We have a finite amount of water available for consumption and the population is ever growing - do the math. It's been like this since I was a youngster and will no doubt continue for future generations. We can begin with one simple thing. Stop watering the many, near useless lawns one sees everywhere. A number of other landscaping ideas exist. The alternatives can be quite attractive, low cost and very effective at water conservation. A massive pipeline from northern California will not forever solve this issue of drought years. It could be a good protection from the probability of an earthquake destroyed system we have in place now though. We all must conserve water wherever we can that's for sure. I hope Helix water district doesn't hike up the rates even more though because we're saving and they're not selling as much. Remember that sleight of hand they did? I'm not okay with so called recycled water which is what is happening in east county and other areas. I do not believe every single, microscopic bit of whatever is dumped into the sewer system (in addition to human waste) can be filtered out. We will pay a very heavy price for this dumb idea someday. Birth defects, strange illness, etc. Toilet to tap? Doesn't sound appetizing to me. Think about what you'll be drinking, cooking with, giving your children. One mistake, mechanical issue, human error with the filtration system could spell disaster, even ruin a major supply of water.