Nearly 2 million Northern Californians are under a water shortage emergency as state grapples with severe drought
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A worker adjusts a sprinkler at a residence during a drought in Morgan Hill, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Santa Clara County will likely soon face mandatory water use restrictions, as officials from its main provider announced Monday they would declare a water shortage emergency this week. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Northern California residents, from those living by the Bay to those living on lake houseboats, are coming under threat as a severe drought continues to intensify.
Mandatory water restrictions have been issued for Santa Clara County as officials said the move is necessary to combat low water supply.
"We can't afford to wait to act as our water supplies are being threatened locally and across California," Tony Estremera, director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, said in a news release.
The water district's emergency declaration comes after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered the Anderson Reservoir, Santa Clara County's largest, to be drained to strengthen the dam, Estremera said.
Northern California lake water levels dwindle
Nearly 130 houseboats were removed from Lake Oroville, the state's second largest reservoir as well as a source of recreation, in preparation for historic low water levels this summer, state officials said.
Jared Rael, assistant general manager at Bidwell Canyon Marina, told CNN that many people were upset when they were told their houseboats had to be removed from the water.