After two years of low precipitation, the U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 95 percent of California is experiencing Moderate to Exceptional Drought. Orange County is in Moderate Drought.
The State's Reservoir and groundwater levels are significantly below average, and despite recent storms, the snowpack is only 58 percent of average as of March 10, 2021. Continued dry conditions can threaten water supplies, impair critical habitat, reduce recreational opportunities, and create uncertainty for all water users. Hydrologic conditions since 2020 have been very similar to the drought years of 2014 and 2015.
Santa Margarita Water continues to closely monitor drought conditions.
Your ongoing efforts to use water wisely will help minimize the potential impacts. Here are two actions to get started: