It’s raining in California, but will it be enough?

El Nino is finally bringing rain to California. The weather phenomenon has brought rainfall to much of the state and snow to the Sierra Mountains. Will it be enough to alleviate the state’s four-year drought?State officials are scrambling to develop resources to preserve the rainwater and bring an end to the state’s water crisis.

Read more here: California Is Finally Getting Rain. Now if It Could Just Hold on to It


Water crisis could have been prevented

South Africa’s water crisis could have been prevented. Plagued by persistent drought caused by El Nino, the country is facing its worst water crisis, with no end in sight. Experts from the University of South Africa say the crisis could have been prevented – had measures been taken when the potential for drought was brought to authorities back in 2012.

What can be done to ease South Africa’s water crisis?

Read more here: Water crisis could have been prevented – expert


The Water Investment

Investors are seeing the potential for high returns in the water industries. As California suffers through a four-year drought with no relief in sight, many investors are looking into water technology and new alternatives to provide immediate (and long-term) solutions. Is water the next hot commodity?

The New York Times reports here: Investors are mining for water, the next hot commodity

Sierra Nevada snowpack at lowest levels in 500 years

A new study by Nature Climate Change suggests snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is the lowest it has been in 500 years. Minimal snowfall and unusually high temperatures have contributed to the problem.

Considering that the Sierra Nevada mountains provide nearly a third of California’s fresh water supply and you here a critical source for California’s four-year drought.

Read more here: California’s Historic Drought Is Now Officially Even More Historic


As reservoirs dry up, Hydroelectric power production slows during California drought

Across California, hydroelectric power production has been dramatically reduced. A four-year drought fueled by a lack of snow and rain fall has dried up reservoirs and lake basins that once fueled hydroelectric production facilities. Now, many of these facilities are scrambling to utilize solar and wind power.

High temperatures this summer have not helped. In early July, California residents were asked to conserve electricity by turning off appliances and minimizing air conditioner use.

Read more here: Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

From the Los Angeles Times – Drought drives water shortage to critical stage in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Officials in Sao Paulo state have announced that the water shortage in the city of the same name is now “critical,” with multimillion-dollar emergency construction projects so far failing to ease the situation.

The announcement was the first time the state government officially recognized the severity of the water crisis and permits the suspension of licenses that allow agriculture, industry and other private concerns to draw directly from area water supplies.

Read more of the Los Angeles Times‘ article here: Drought drives water shortage to critical stage in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Growing up in a drought

Children in California are growing up in a drought. Water is considered a luxury, a precious resource and it is not to be wasted. For these children, there is no such thing as bath time, drinking water is never to be wasted and the concept of outdoor water play is a luxury.

In ‘Crying over spilled water: Raising toddlers during a drought,’ CBS News reports on one family’s effort to educate their young children on the importance of water during the California drought. Read more here

The drought you are unaware of in South Florida

Florida is having one of the driest wet seasons on record, affecting over five million people. And, it’s going largely unnoticed. While news outlets focus on the drought in California and the western part of the United States, Florida quietly prepares for its own water crisis.

Read more of EcoWatch‘s report here:  Extreme Drought Hits South Florida

Is the world’s fresh water supply running out?

The water crisis is a global problem. Around the world, countries are struggling with severe droughts, water shortages, and a lack of potable water. How did we get here? What can be done to prevent further water shortages?

PBS News Hour discusses these questions and more in an interview with Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and the leading voice on the growing need for action in the world water crisis.

Watch PBS News Hour’s report here: Is the world’s fresh water supply running out?