As drought worsens, officials say state ‘isn’t ready – again’

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The Sept. 9 drought map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of California in extreme or exceptional drought. Much of Riverside County is experiencing severe to extreme drought. Valley News/Courtesy photo
As the drought continues to worsen in California with no relief in sight, water experts are speaking out saying that the state wasn’t ready for another prolonged period of dryness. According to the CalMatters article, “Running out of water and time: How unprepared is California for 2021’s drought,” groundwater is still being pumped with no statewide limits, siphoning up drinking water that rural communities rely on. In northern counties, the article said, “residents are reliving the last disaster as water restrictions kick in again, but in the south, enough water is stored to avoid them for now.” “The good news is that in urban areas, most Californians haven’t lapsed back into their old water-wasting patterns. But, while some farmers have adopted water-saving technolo
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