The California water supply is measured in periods starting October 1 through September 30th of the following year. This methodology focuses on the ramp up to generate the water supply – in the winter – and then drain off and use the built of water reserves as the hot dry months of summer place demands on the available water supply. The good news to report this year is that water reservoir and the mountain snowpack levels – California’s largest fresh water storage solution – are the highest they have been in a decade However, even with a mild summer and strong storage, parts of San Diego and Imperial counties are still experiencing abnormal dryness.
While the overall statewide condition for water supplies have improved dramatically in the past couple years, it is important to understand that BMSWC sources water in two ways. First, BSMWC can import water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (also referred to as Met Water) or pump the water up from the groundwater aquifer through wells that BSMWC operates. The availability of water for Met to provide water to BSMWC benefits directly from full reservoirs and deep snowpacks. However, the groundwater supply depends primarily on local rains and the percolation of various water sources into the groundwater to then replenish the groundwater supply. Though the drought is over by technical standards the underground aquifer level remains low and restrictions remain in place on the amount of water that BSMWC can pump and provider to residents.
“Water is everything to us. It’s all we do,” notes Steve Lenton, General Manager of BSMWC said. “California is in a much better spot than it was five years ago, but our groundwater supply remains an area we need to address as a region. Water is a precious resource, and we continue to urge our customers and shareholders to preserve the resources and save water whenever possible.”
It is still recommended that residents of California continue their efforts to conserve water by limiting their outdoor watering use, fixing at-home leaks as quickly as possible, and using fountains where water is recirculated.
There is a lot more you can read online about the water supply across the United States, or drill into reports on just California. Visit https://www.drought.gov or http://bewaterwise.com/ to learn more.
Founded in 1911, the Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water company services approximately 49,000 persons in the Bellflower area. The company has seven active wells in operation that produce 5,265 gallons of water every minute. Bellflower and Somerset merged in 1988 to form Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company. As a mutual water company, BSMWC is owned by the property owners in its service area who are shareholders in the entity. BSMWC is dedicated to delivering high-quality, healthy and cost-effective water for the community.