May 18, 2016 (SACRAMENTO) California is in the fifth year of drought. The California Water Conservation Board has lifted the state wide water restrictions. It has lifted the restrictions and instead left it to the water districts and towns. This does not mean that the state expects water usage to go up.
This was driven by the El Nino rains that did lead to wet rains in the north of the state. According to the SFGate ““I’m looking forward to a good-faith effort by the water agencies,” said state water board member Steven Moore, acknowledging that residents may get too much leeway at the spigot if local suppliers don’t act responsibly. “Those who haven’t converted their yards (to drought-resistant landscaping) may be excited about having their green yards back. That could add up.”
This decision is further driven by strong conservation efforts in March.
“Californians sharpened their water saving efforts in March, conserving 24.3 percent compared to the amount used in March 2013 – double February’s savings and evidence that residents and businesses remain concerned about the persistent drought now in its fifth year. Statewide cumulative savings from June 2015 to March 2016 totaled 23.9 percent compared with the same months in 2013.”
San Diego did not get the amount of rain that we were expecting to get from El Nino, and we are expected to go into a La Nina pattern, which will deepen the drought. So at this time we are not expecting local agencies to ease local restrictions.
Editor’s note: The drought is not over, but this looks like a politics driven decision.