Weekend Storms Bring Little Drought Relief to Bay Area

February 10, 2014 16:00 pm · 18 comments

The parched Bay Area got a soaking over the weekend, but not enough to alleviate drought concerns, weather and state water officials said today.

The state Department of Water Resources watched reservoir levels go up over the weekend, but Northern California reservoirs are still well below their capacity, department spokesman Doug Carlson said.

“It was a fairly small storm,” Carlson said. “We would need a succession of storms every single day to get back to average.”

He advised residents to continue using water sparingly.

“Conservation efforts are still totally encouraged,” he said. The snowpack in the Sierra is hovering at about 25 percent of its normal level despite mountain storms over the weekend, Carlson said. In the Bay Area, the heaviest rain fell in the North Bay.

There is a small chance of rain mid-week but no major storms will be moving in, Anderson said.

He said that the region needs to have consistent rainfall for the next two months in order for water for water levels to get back to normal.

Drinking Saltwater February 10, 2014 at 4:47 PM

As CA population grew, when was the last dam built in CA?
Answer 2003
CA has actually been tearing down dams.
democrats have decided it’s cheaper to suck water out of the Delta in two pipes each over 33 feet in diameter. At a rate of about 67,500 gallons a second, that would fill an Olympic size swimming pool in 10 seconds or six in one minute.


moonbeam’s pipe dream is hidden in the water bond already on the November ballot. Another payback for campaign contributions.

dingleberry February 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Beggars can’t be choosers.We need to be thankful for that rain. Sounds like the water company
wants to raise rates and needs an excuse.

Matt The Brat February 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Some rain is better than none.

.. but nonetheless the media will instill hype the ignorant populace with fear, fear, and fear and then reach into your pockets because “it’s for your own good”.

I’m waiting for the “climate change” fee.

WC February 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Ok, can we start spraying off the driveway with a hose instead of sweeping?

PH Resident February 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Because of those few days of storms we didn’t have to have our sprinklers on, water our plants or add water to our pool. Speaking of our pool, our level went up at least 2″ right to the overflow drain. That’s a pretty decent amount of rain.

YES. We know we are not out of the drought situation yet, but come on! We are not using water as long as it’s raining and that counts for something.

Stop with the doom and gloom!

I think the media just needs a story to tell.

The Closer February 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

There has to be a better way to collect the water. A bajillion gallons of water running down the gutter into swollen creeks running into swollen rivers , running into a swollen delta , running into the bay. Maybe one of you more creative people can invent a gutter pump that fills a barrel. Or the state can put a huge tarp over the whole bay area and catch all the rain.

vindex February 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Let’s take a deep breath here. Los Vaqueros was expanded by 60%.. Of that expansion 30% is full. That means we have 130% of what we normally had a few short years ago. What this is really about is Farmers vs. Environmentalists. I say the Environmentalists should lose every time. Time to reframe this debate. No one is running out of drinking water. Watch the CCWD raise rates… No because they have to, but because financially it works.

Interesting February 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

A little rain is better than none. I hope we get more.

Enfield303 February 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I have a barrel hooked up to my downspout and it is full. I’ll probably have to use it to water the plants this spring if we don’t get much more rain. Usually it will last to summer.

bigdaddy February 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

better than nada

Mustang Sally February 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Enfield303, that’s a brilliant idea. What method will you employ to keep the mosquitos out?

@7 February 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Water district has to buy land every time they expand
or add reservoir for an environmental reason within the district,
it is costly.

VikingPrincess February 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Weather people indicate rain in the coming week. I think it will arrive earlier than they forecast. When I feel it coming I’ll post…got rain?

Lori February 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

My lawn sure liked it !!!

The Closer February 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

@Mustang Sally

It’s a plastic sealed drum that has screw in bung that when full I can cap it off. I use a drill powered pump to distribute the water to the plants. The ultimate goal is to hook up a drip system to it, just haven’t got around to it yet.

Concord Res February 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

We received over 4″in my part of Concord I marked the pool and had to drain it twice between storms. Not that it will solve the problem but it was a big storm. A few more would be nice.

Enfield303 February 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

@Mustang Sally

Mosquitos aren’t a problem as the drum is plastic and sealed. Unlike The Closers more elaborate setup, I just put a hose in and siphon it like siphoning gas.

@The Closer

Where did you buy your pump at?

The Closer February 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

@ Enfield303

Home Depot

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