The last few cloudy days have been a tease; we got almost no precipitation from them. In fact, we've gotten almost no precipitation for weeks; this April, with only 0.65 of an inch of rainfall, was the driest April in 120 years of official record-keeping in Orange County.
The dusty conditions have no doubt prompted concerns among some folks about the potential for drought. But OWASA reported Tuesday that its lakes were 99 percent full.
"In spite of the dry weather, our water supply situation is good for this time of year," said Ed Holland, OWASA's planning director. "There's no risk of severe drawdown during the next 12 months -- even with below normal rainfall and streamflow -- thanks to the storage capacity of our reservoirs and continued conservation by our customers."
Normal, year-round conservation requirements remain in effect. Those practices are largely responsible for the healthy condition of the lakes, OWASA officials said.
"Drinking water demand in our community has declined to levels not seen since the early 1990s, and conservation continnues to be the heart of our long-range water supply plan," said Patrick Davis, OWASA's sustainability manager.