The Menlo Park City Council approved an urgency ordinance Tuesday night will implement water conservation measures that are stricter than the state requirement affecting nearly 16,000 customers.
Tulare County Water Resources Department says the drought is so severe in parts of California’s Central Valley that water is not coming out of faucets in some cases. Bottled water had to be delivered for people to drink.
Customers will pay a 100 percent surcharge for water use over 90 percent of last year’s usage.
City leaders are now calling for residents to cut back on water use by 20 percent.
California Drought Leaves Hundreds In Central Valley Without Drinking Water; Bottled Water Rations Delivered
Government officials and community groups say hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California’s extreme drought has dried up their individual wells.
A new study finds that 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 5 inches of water.
Supervisor Dave Cortese said local government departments are not doing enough to restrict water use during the drought.
California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.
Despite the historic drought, or perhaps partly because of it, rare freshwater jellyfish are thriving in the decimated Lake Oroville, a large inland lake nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, about 90 minutes north of Sacramento.
California’s drought may lead to the extinction of a tiny fish holding onto dwindling habitat in Tuolumne County.