California's Water Levels Ready For Drought
In a sign that California’s water woes are improving, a recent stress test by the state Water Resources Control Board found more than eight in 10 districts could survive an additional three years of drought.
Out of the state's 411 urban districts, 341 passed the assessment, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The remaining districts will implement water restrictions to raise reservoir levels. About 10% of the state’s population will be impacted by the additional measures.
In light of improving drought conditions, many cities are loosening mandatory water rationing. Despite the good news, officials such as Gov. Jerry Brown remain wary and have imposed permanent water restrictions, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Also, some companies and real estate firms have invested in technological solutions, such as drip irrigation systems to deal with the drought. [SFBT] [SFC]