Water Guide: A Small Part in the Big Picture

Written by: Natalie Ahearn

Almost right after the Napa-Sonoma fires in October were finally put out after weeks of statewide efforts, another disaster began wreaking havoc again on California. During the middle of December, southern California was immersed in wildfires that spread rapidly and destroyed nearly 270,000 acres of land, taking homes, businesses, and nature with it. Burning for weeks, firefighters worked around the clock to try and contain the fires, resorting to any means possible to put it out and ordering people in many different counties to evacuate their homes. While the quick spread of the fires is attributed mostly to heavy winds, it’s no doubt that the dryness of California (especially this season) has considerably helped the fires catch and spread through thousands of acres.

This winter, California has been in a dry spell. Very little rainfall has fallen and snow levels in the Sierras and other areas are extremely low for this time of year. While it’s not time for fears and panic of drought yet, it’s important for residents of California to understand just how dry our state is and how perceptible it is to major fires that could be halted with a few days of considerable rain. Not only is the lack of rain helping spread fires, the lack of snow is causing concern for California’s future water supply. In a normal year, almost ⅔ of its water supply starts as snowpack in the Sierra Mountains. While falling short one year will have little effect on the water supply, a pattern of low snowfall could be disastrous for our state and could put another drought into effect in the coming years.

What California residents need to remember is this: water is valuable. Whether this means switching to a drought-tolerant yard or collecting grey water, every little bit helps. Walnut Creek Saves is doing its part to encourage that little bit – by informing residents of their water usage and teaching them ways to improve, our program is helping California stay drought-free in small ways.

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