The lack of significant rain this past winter is putting California's reservoirs at dangerously low levels. Experts say this drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, which means the water is evaporating faster.
"The levels in Folsom reservoir are also quite low but I'm hearing that the local water districts that depend on Folsom have enough groundwater capacity and enough access to remaining surface water to get through this year,” said Jay Lund with the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis. “But some of them are starting to call for water conservation."
On May 25, the Folsom City Council last week asked residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 10% and told city staff to boost outreach about water conservation. Lund says the state's more than 1,500 reservoirs are 50% lower than they should be this time of year.
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