Drought impacts where you might not expect them

Even areas of California that we traditionally think of as “wet” might be struggling to keep the taps flowing.

Jeanine Jones, a drought expert with the California Department of Water Resources, told state water commissioners today that Willits, a Mendocino County town of just under 5,000 people, has enough water left in its reservoirs to last just 100 days.

Indeed, while the plights of San Joaquin Valley growers and Sacramento-area communities are most-publicized, the North Coast and Central Coast are where drought impacts are often felt the earliest, Jones said.

“It’s so wet there that they really don’t think a lot about drought preparedness,” she said.

Santa Cruz last summer called for voluntary rationing, perhaps the first community to do so during the two-year dry spell, Jones said.

Another area of concern: Small water delivery systems serving foothill and mountain communities.

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