Water Supply in Peril

About three-quarters of the American West is in what is called a megadrought, with critical waterways like the Colorado River and Rio Grande expected to have dismally low flows this year.

Amid water shortages and restrictions in the Colorado River Basin, widespread severe, extreme and exceptional drought continues across much of the region.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of September 2, more than 95% of California is in severe drought, 88% extreme drought and 47% exceptional drought. Orange County is in severe drought. 

This crisis means Californians must move beyond temporary emergency drought measures and adopt permanent changes to use water more wisely and prepare for more frequent and persistent periods of limited water supply.

In a special Village TV production, “Village Roundtable: Laguna Woods & California’s Water Crisis,” five individuals who work in and/or serve the Village, and bring a broader perspective from our local water board, came together to discuss challenges regarding water use and costs in the Village and the wider area, educate residents about best practice water use by the Landscaping Services Department and highlight ways permanent conservation efforts can help reduce costs, minimize waste and the harmful effects of drought.

This roundtable will be broadcast on TV6 on Sundays at 7 p.m. starting September 5. 

By making conservation a way of life in California and the Village, we can do our part in the effort to save water, minimize water waste and prepare for future uncertainties.

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