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California Has One Year Water Left


January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows… As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought… Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing… First, immediate mandatory water rationing should be authorized across all of the state’s water sectors… A recent Field Poll showed that 94% of Californians surveyed believe that the drought is serious, and that one-third support mandatory rationing.

Jay Famiglietti is the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech and a professor of Earth system science at UC Irvine.

[] – California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?


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