CA drought almost over?

From all over the state of California, the last five years have been dry. But with high hopes for an El Nino year last year failing, some said this weather would continue on for years. The average rain fall in CA is around 23 inches. However, thanks to storm Leo, and heavy rain, many local Water authorities are lifting restrictions. With 39% of California -- mostly the Northern part -- out of drought, things are moving into the clear.

Even with good news about the drought crisis, CA has had many major storms come though, some of which caused the destruction of houses, and five deaths have occurred.

Deadly winds are also starting up, and will be for some parts of CA for a few weeks.

What now?

With the drought restrictions lifted, many places in the Golden State still do have some dry spots. Governor Gerry Brown is the only person who can officially lift all drought regulations, and he has not yet done so. Even though restrictions have been lifted it is still very important to try to conserve water as another major drought could return. Also, it's always important to remember that only two feet of moving water can pick up your car, swirl you around, and six feet for someone standing.

Basic water conservation

  1. Turn off the tap while washing your hands.
  2. Fix your leaks.
  3. Re-use your pasta cooking liquid.
  4. Head to the car wash, or try not to wash your car.
  5. Limit shower time.
  6. Water at night and only water 2-3 times a week.
  7. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

Most American households use around 4,000 gallons of water a day!

Out of drought

All of Northern CA is out. The San Diego city water authority has lifted restrictions, but it is still important to conserve. Until Governor Gerry Brown lifts all restrictions, some of California is still in drought, mostly the central valley areas. As an every day citizen it's important to remember that the water damage can still get worse, and what comes next will never be known until it happens. So just remember that you still need to conserve and still need to be aware, because what happened could easily come back, and strike California again.