California’s drought may be over for now but they’re heading into summer and California’s rain levels vary more than anywhere else in the United States. By 40 to 50% in either direction compared with eastern states which fluctuate by only 10%. So the outlook isn’t rosy.
CBS Miami reports meanwhile that 34% of Florida is in severe drought with little rainfall in the forecast.
Lakes provide clear visual evidence of the depleted resources.
Lake Cachuma is the poster-child for California.
Sweetwater Trail at Cachuma Lake near Santa Barbara, California
Lake Okeechobee for Florida where a water shortage warning has been declared by the South Florida Water Management District.
The chairman of the South Florida Water Management District Dan O’Keefe said, “The purpose of the warning is to urge South Florida residents to voluntarily conserve more water. This effort will help your water supply last through the remainder of the dry season.” Since 2010 the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule has already limited landscape watering to two days a week throughout the District, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. Further measures may yet come into force.
i2O’s oNet solution can be used to manage demand and intermittent supply remotely and automatically. This can extend the period before which drought restrictions are placed on end-customers and manage intermittent supply in a way that is more acceptable to end-customers.