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Folsom Lake in Sacramento County, California has hit a historically low level, the lowest measured since 1977. As a result of the severe drought in the state, the lake, which supplies approximately a half million people in the area with drinking water, has measured 140,410 acre feet, just slightly more than the 1977 measurement of 140,600 acre feet. Although there is some hope for a wet winter as a result of the predicted El Nino weather pattern, there are several factors that must fall into place in order to get Folsom Lake (and other California bodies of water) back to where they need to be, most notably significant snow fall in the mountains.

Severe drought in California causes Folsom Lake to hit historically low levels

California must find more efficient ways to store water so pressure is taken off of lakes such as Folsom. One proposed idea is to store water in the Sites Reservoir, which would be able to store twice as much water as Folsom Lake. However, once building of the Sites Reservoir begins, it will be at least six to eight years before it can become a functional water storage area. So, as always, it's on us as human beings to do as much water conserving as possible during this time of severe drought. Take shorter showers, limit lawn and garden watering, turn off faucets frequently while washing dishes, be more efficient when using your washing machine and dishwasher, and so forth. Even if solutions are put into place, it's going to be years before the solutions can really take action and produce results.

As always, reduce, reuse, recyle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference!

5 comments

Jan 08, 2016 • Posted by John Carter

This among other things should be a wake up call!!! We have to change what we do

Nov 24, 2015 • Posted by Denise H

The California drought is sad and has proven to be a hardship on many, but it is a wake up call for us all – no where is immune and we must all be doing everything we can to conserve our environment.

Nov 24, 2015 • Posted by Vickie

Great tips. Water is our most precious and becoming scarce life element.
We have had a shortage at times as well, but not this severe yet.
I am not sure what Cali will do.
Here in my area of Florida for over 20 years our city has had a water restriction on our use. It is a good plan and they had the foresight to think ahead decades ago. Proactive!

Nov 24, 2015 • Posted by kimberly matson

Doing a rain dance for you guys out therefor some much needed wet weather

Nov 23, 2015 • Posted by Nancy Loring

I live in northern New Hampshire and we don’t have any water issues. It is hard for me to imagine having to conserve water. I hope you have a very wet winter.

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