Amid seemingly conflicting messages about the drought, a reminder: It's here to stay

Though Southern California didn't get the kinds of heavy El Nino rains forecasted, Northern California did well.

The state's two largest reservoirs, Shasta and Oroville are 90-percent filled. Next week, the state Water Board will consider loosening mandatory conservation levels for local water agencies. But Governor Brown also permanently ordered statewide bans on hosing down sidewalks, washing cars without shutoff nozzles, and runoff from lawn watering.

Still, because some of the state got soaked this winter, Sacramento is encouraging communities to express how much water conservation is appropriate for their region. Southern California’s water wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District, is restoring water deliveries to previous levels and sending a signal that the California drought might be in better-than-expected shape.

How will this affect our local water regulations and usage? Is there a disconnect between Sacramento and Southern California?


Felicia Marcus, Chair of the of the State Water Resources Control Board. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012.

Sue Simms, Manager of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Water District

Fiona Sanchez, director of water resources for the Irvine Ranch Water District in Orange County