Ahead of the official release of the report concerning water conservation in California, one official stated that the state has met the mandate for the third consecutive month.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed this mandate into force as the state is facing its fourth consecutive year of a severely burdening drought. Californians are making visible progress on conserving water and meeting other climate related targets, yet there is still a long road ahead.
The body responsible for overseeing that the mandate is being complied with, the State Water Resources Control Board is bound to release the new monthly report on Thursday. Max Gomberg, member of the Board and climate scientists may declined to discuss the figures, yet he assures that the 25 percent water saving target has been met.
At the same time, Mr. Gomberg drew attention to the fact that despite the visible progress made across the state of California, considerable efforts are still required from all residents. Particularly with regards to El Nino, Californians should not be fooled and continue to save water despite the far promise of a wetter winter than before. He stated:
“We need to continue the conservation efforts. People need to keep doing what they’ve been doing”.
The new report brings to public attention the figures for August. In June, Californians saved 27 percent, while in July, the savings were calculated at 31 percent. The August report will also include figures indicating the overall performance of each community, using a lessons learned approach.
This is in line with the mandate approved by Governor Brown and set in place after the drought emergency has been officially declared in 2013. Each community has a its own conservation target calculated according to the water usage reported in the respective month of 2013.
Drought is a natural phenomenon. However, there is unquestionable evidence that climate change is playing its part in the worsening situation in California. Insufficient snow pack, rising temperatures, over usage of water and rampaging wildfires have brought their contribution to an already devastating situation.
The impacts of climate change are already felt in the state and Californians must face them.
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