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Matt Stone | SCV Water Drought-Ready, Your Help Needed

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California is staring into the dusty, dry face of drought once again. Right now, Los Angeles County, including the Santa Clarita Valley, is experiencing an “exceptional drought.” Our local precipitation level is on track to be the driest year on record. We are not alone, as record-breaking dry weather has taken hold of much of California and the western states.

In fact, conditions are so dry, the governor declared a drought emergency for most of the state and called on all Californians to voluntarily save 15% of their water use compared to 2020. Some communities are requiring mandatory cutbacks, and farmers in some areas of the state have been ordered to stop diverting water entirely. Reservoirs like Oroville and Shasta are at historic lows.

Adding to the challenge locally is that SCV Water has several groundwater wells temporarily out of service while we install treatment systems to remove contaminants. These new treatment systems will ensure our customers receive safe, clean water.

We have planned for dry years.

Although this drought is dire in many parts of the west, the good news is that SCV Water has planned to withstand dry years by storing water in wet years. For years, we’ve been planning for cyclical dry times and investing in reliable and drought-resilient water supplies. We also have a robust water conservation........

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