The Voice of San Diego is reporting that the State Water Resources Control Board has no plans to rescind statewide water use restrictions, even if El Nino brings above average precipitation to California this winter. In fact, the state has begun work on new restrictions that will go into effect after current restrictions end in February. Why? Because state water officials won’t know until April if enough snow has fallen in the Sierra to fill State Water Project reservoirs emptied by drought.
“This is what we anticipated when we calculated the five year rate plan that we adopted on October 7th,” said Carlos Lugo, General Manager of Helix Water District.