California suspends water restrictions

California suspends water restrictions

In wake of a relatively wet winter and a year of significant savings in urban water use, California has suspended its mandatory statewide water use restrictions.

In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered communities to cut their water use by an average of 25 per cent compared with 2013 levels as part of the government’s efforts to cope with years-long drought. Following the suspension of that restriction, local communities can now set their own conservation standards.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies water to as many as 19 million customers, called the suspension of the water use restrictions a “reasonable & rational” approach. He added that residents would still continue their strong push for conservation.

However, some experts warned that the drought-hit Golden State is still not out of woods as the snowpack that offers water for a large portion of the state is close to historical levels.

Speaking on the topic, Mr. Anderson warned, “The snowpack is fading quickly. One of the challenges has been the really warm temperatures. Our expectations are that those will continue to become an increasing challenge in the decades ahead.”

The sharp reversal in California’s water use policy came after a winter in which strong El Niño partly filled parched reservoirs in Northern California as well as partly replenished the mountain snowpacks that provide state residents with water in the spring and summer.