Californians have come together to face this challenge and have reduced their water use by 31 percent in July of this year, beating a state-mandated target during a crucial month of summer, according to Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park).
“However, we must all continue to do our part to conserve and develop innovative solutions to ensure that this precious resource will be available for future generations,” said Assemblyman Chau at Water informational forum held last Friday.
The Forum was conducted by water policy leaders from the San Gabriel Valley who presented on topics, such as “The Status of the Drought in California,” “Conservation Methods,” and “The Future of Water in California.”
California is in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the statewide water content of Sierra snowpack is at five percent of average for April 1st. These levels are lower than any year in records going back to 1950. Snowpack provides about one-third of the water used by California's cities and farms when it melts into streams and reservoirs.
The presenters at the forum included Thomas Wong, Board Member, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District; Ken Manning, Executive Director, San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority; Dan Arrighi, Water Resources Manager, San Gabriel Valley Water Company; Shane Chapman, General Manager, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District; and Tony Zampiello, Executive Officer, Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster.