The Northern Sierra Nevada region, which provides much of California’s total water supply through snowmelt, experienced the driest January-through-June period in 90 years. Major reservoirs in the region, the largest in the state, are at about 80 percent of average capacity and shrinking rapidly.
Some of us feel like we just got out of the long drought, but it may be back. I think water conservation may become the norm in California if it hasn’t already. If you’re still not convinced that the state is facing water issues, take a look at this chart from July 17 off the Department of Water Resources website: