Wettest year on record

What does this mean for drought regulations?

Last Updated: 5/22/2017

The wettest winter in Northern California history resulted in more than 190 percent of normal snow levels in the Sierra Nevada.  The final California Snow Survey this spring indicated a water-rich snowpack. Simply put: we have ample snow on the Sierra Mountains which will equate to more run off into the lake. As the snowpack melts, water flows into our rivers and reservoirs, where it’s stored and used until winter returns.

Since most of California relies on a healthy snow pack for watering needs throughout the summer, this news also means that emergency drought regulations for most of state has been rescinded, including Roseville. But the news gets better. We’ve also learned that Roseville will receive its full water allocation from the Bureau of Reclamation, the operator of Folsom Lake and the water supply source for most of the city. This is the highest allocation that we’ve seen in several years.

“Given all that we’ve experienced this winter, water supply conditions are more than favorable this year,” said Rich Plecker, director for Environmental Utilities. “What’s clear, though, is we must not forget the recent past of drought conditions that lasted more than four years. Rain and snow fall varies year after year, which is why we must always use water as efficiently as we can no matter our water supply outlook.”

Water use efficiency still critical

Even though California is no longer in a drought emergency, water use efficiency is important to increase long term water supply reliability both statewide and locally here in Roseville.

The voluntary 10 percent is no longer in effect, but we are encouraging our customers to adopt and continue water use efficiency practices and limit the amount of water used for any given purpose. For example, watering landscapes only as needed for plant health, prohibiting the irrigation of hard surfaces, and preventing water from running into sinks or drains when it is not being used beneficially.