After rain and snowstorms that caused floods and landslides in California, some local officials ended the one-day watering restriction, especially for outdoors, while the US Drought Monitor announced that the drought rate in the state decreased to about 36 percent.
The Southern California Metropolitan Water District said in a statement that it “no longer needs” the current water use restriction for portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties, which cover most of the state.
“Drought is still a concern for the state”
It was reported that as a result of 11 weather events that are effective in California this season and called “atmospheric river”, drought conditions eased and “water saving practices were loosened” for approximately 7 million people in the south of the state.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Climate Prediction announced that the state is doing “much better this year” than the same period last year, while officials warned it could hit again next year, with drought still a concern for the state.
Call for “efficient use of water”
The Southern California Metropolitan Water District also warned that the Colorado River, which is the main water source for around 40 million people in 7 states in the western part of the country, continues to have drought problems and that water should be used “as efficiently as possible”.
In California, since June 22, 2022, garden and similar outdoor watering has been limited to one day per week as part of emergency restrictions.