Local water districts prioritize preparation amidst California’s drought crisis

The update by the U.S. Drought Monitor from Thursday, July 7, shows extreme drought is at 59.81% with 11.59% of California facing exceptional drought. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Ava SarnowskiValley News StaffAs drought conditions in Southern California continue to worsen, local water districts are prioritizing preparations to meet the needs of residents and businesses throughout the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas.Darcy Burke, president of Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, is responsible for managing water supply that is “not on the backs” of her customers. As a water policymaker, her job is to figure out how to meet the needs of her region and develop new supplies that can do so reliably, sustainably, resiliently and affordably.She said when she goes in to do projects, such as The Doheny Ocean Desalination Project in Dana Point, she was blocked due to opposition to those types of projects.“It takes 20 years to move that pro
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