“Stream flows and groundwater levels are approaching their lowest levels in recorded history and many of our reservoirs are declining by one foot every 10 days,” said Easley, adding that state agencies also were told to cut nonessential water use.
The drought is most acute in the state’s 12 westernmost counties, several of which have rated “exceptional drought” status according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Thus far, however, only 21 of the state’s nearly 600 public water systems have imposed mandatory restrictions on water use.
“We all must conserve if we are to, in any way, minimize the impact of the drought,” said Easley.
We at Xpress want to know: How do you prefer to conserve water? Sharing showers? Stopping at just one cup of Yogi Tea? Letting the yellow mellow? Perspiring less?
— Kent Priestley, staff writer