California is currently experiencing its driest year on record, at 20 percent of normal average rainfall for this time of the year, despite recent wet weather. Water storage is also at an all-time low, with nine of California’s 12 major reservoirs at below 50 percent capacity. Federal and state officials have also announced that little to no water will be available to California agriculture from those sources.
In response to the crisis, Governor Brown has proposed emergency drought legislation containing more than $687 million in aid, and declared a State of Emergency directing state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare California for drought conditions. Many local water districts have already imposed either mandatory or voluntary water restrictions.
No matter your industry, severe drought conditions may affect you in many ways. With limited water, don’t let your daily business functions be disrupted or, if an emergency arises, cause necessary resources to be unavailable.
All of us must do our part to maintain a safe work environment in the case of a severe water shortage. Tips to help are:
Additional resources below: