We’ve seen record-breaking rainfall. How can you still say we are in a drought?

These heavy rain events will help bolster our water supplies, but it is too early to say just how much.  The State has been suffering from a large, multi-year rainfall deficit.  These significant storms early in the season are promising, but they are not guaranteed to last – as we saw last year, the storm track can quickly dry up.   During these short periods of intense rainfall, much of the water cannot be captured and does not benefit Californians and our local water supply.  The District also relies heavily on imported water supplies, and they are still cut back but this wet start to the season is a good sign.  As the season progresses, we should have a better picture of how local and imported water supplies are shaping up.

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1. Why are rate increases needed?
2. Why are drought surcharges needed? There is plenty of water.
3. Why do you keep coming to us for money to fund employee salaries and benefits?
4. We’ve seen record-breaking rainfall. How can you still say we are in a drought?