Friday, February 3, 2023

Heavy rains still not the solution to drought in California

San Diego. – The recent San Diego storm was a much needed boost for 24 reservoirs across the county.

“We often talk about money from heaven and yesterday it was millions from heaven,” smiled Carlos Quintero, general manager of the Sweetwater Authority.

Quinto said the freshwater reservoir in Spring Valley collected about 1,700 acre-feet of water on Monday alone.

“That’s about 10% of our entire year’s water supply in one day,” he smiled. “It was a wonderful day”.

The Sierra Nevada got 90 inches of snow this weekend.

Quintero said the free water translates into savings for customers.

“Those water sources are cheap. So it really benefits the bottom line for our customers,” Quinto said.

The Sweetwater Authority also owns Loveland Reservoir. It receives only rainwater and runoff water. Quinto said Loveland had lost less than 3% of its capacity before the recent storms. As of Tuesday it was above 12%.

The city of San Diego has four reservoirs that depend entirely on rainfall and runoff. Those four reservoirs have taken on more than 6,000 acre-feet of water in the past month, according to the city’s online water level reports. That much water is enough for about 6,000 homes for a year!

However, Quinto cautioned that the recent storms do not solve California’s drought problem.

“It’s useful, but it doesn’t solve all our water problems,” he said.

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