San Diego Region Has Sufficient Water Supplies Despite Below-Average Snowpack
The California Department of Water Resources conducted its first manual snow survey of the year on Jan. 3 east of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada. Measurements at Phillips Station revealed a snow water equivalent of 0.4 inches, far below the average 11.3 inches measured for this time of year.
"The survey is a disappointing start of the year, but it's far too early to draw conclusions about what kind of wet season we'll have this year," said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. "There's plenty of time left in the traditional wet season to reverse the dry trend we've been experiencing."
In San Diego County, the combination of strong regional water-use efficiency and highly reliable supplies means the region has enough water to meet demands in 2018 regardless of the weather. However, the snow survey is a good reminder that it's important to use water efficiently all the time.