California’s drought continues as we enter the dry summer of our Mediterranean climate. As expected, Los Altos received almost no rain in June — .01 inches. The trend of higher-than-normal nighttime temperatures continues. Although California’s governor called for a 20% reduction in water usage, water usage in the San Francisco Bay Area dropped by only 2%. Only half the residences in the state capital have water meters; installing water meters won’t be completed until the state 2025 deadline.
In June, the trend of above-average nighttime temperatures continued. Daytime temperatures were normal.
We received only .01 inches of rain in June.
The cumulative effect of little rain continues. About half the residential water usage is used to irrigate plants in our yards. With below-average rainfall, plants need more water than usual.
California’s governor called for a 20% reduction in water usage, but the San Francisco Chronicle found that California water usage has declined by 5% and water usage in the San Francisco Bay Area has declined by only 2%.
In Sacramento, California’s capital, 40 inspectors investigate complaints of failure to follow mandatory water conservation rules. But only half of Sacramento’s residences have water meters. So half the residences are billed a flat rate per month. Those people have no economic incentive to save water. Indeed, residences with meters reduce their usage by 205 to 30%. Sacramento is installing water meters but won’t finish until the 2025 state deadline.