California was declared in a drought in state of emergency on Jan. 17 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Although the year has just started, it brought with it a great deal of rain and snow, aiding to our drought.
Between December 2015 and November 2016 was the third-warmest year on California’s record. This state of severe drought drastically decreased from an 81 percent four months ago to now a 57 percent according to CNBC. Calexico’s afternoons during summer can reach 110 degrees. Usually the warmest time of the day is 3 p.m.
This drought affects people, animals and farming. More than 33 million residents of California are being affected by this insufficiency of water. This dehydration has also affected farming due to how much water is needed to irrigate a major supplier of the world’s food. Here in the Imperial Valley, there is an abundance of crops. Former Calexico High School student, Ivan Lopez said, “The drought affects us because plants don’t have enough water and as a result die.” He also said, “Air quality changes because of plants dying which affects us and animals.”
Since 2014, many measures have been taken to save water such as regulations with irrigation restrictions. For example, here in Calexico you can get fined for watering your grass, tree, flowers, etc. for too long creating runoff, washing your car without nozzle on hose, and hosing down driveways and sidewalks. Calexico resident Jesus L. Gallegos said, “It’s scary to think that water is running out because it is so important for life.” He also said, “We have to help conserve water taking short showers and not over watering plants or cars.”
It is important that we make an effort to conserve water during droughts like these to ensure that we have enough water available to us, plants and wildlife.