California Residents Must Still Prepare for Drought

If you look to the Sierra in December of 2015 you will see a promising beginning to winter snow pack. White Peaks, ski reports that sound epic and percentage of snow pack that is in the triple digits.

The promising winter start in the Sierra has many feeling a bit of relief in the thought that the water shortage in California is finally hearing a bit of good news. When Lake Tahoe reports are reporting 6.4 billion gallons of water in 24hrs, it would be easy to assume that I can wash my car or water my garden or lawn ths coming summer.

But reality needs to take shape when discussing the drought levels in California and much of the West.

A report by states the following:

But the drought update released Thursday says that snow doesn’t ease the water supply deficit, or add water to dwindling reservoirs, after four years of drought in California.

“The northern coast of California and the Sierra Nevada received half an inch to an inch of precipitation this week from Pacific systems, with California’s Central Valley and portions of western and northeast Nevada receiving 0.25 to 0.50 inch of moisture,” the report noted.

“This was enough to increase snowpack a few inches at some SNOTEL stations in the Sierra and northeast Nevada,” according to the update. “While the precipitation was beneficial tosurface soil moisture, it had no effect on the long-term hydrological situation.”

The update pointed out that “in some areas, river base flows have not increased and groundwater and reservoir levels have not rebounded. Additionally, a well recently went dry in Cazadero (Sonoma County) in one of the typically more wet environments of northern California (coastal redwood forest).”

California Reservoir Storage Second Lowest On Record

“As noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, California statewide reservoir statistics (from the California Department of Water Resources/CDEC), updated through the end of October, show that this year’s preliminary reservoir withdrawal stands at 6.92 million acre-feet,” the update reports. “This is just 84% of the historical average. Conservation is working, but storage is still precariously low, at second-lowest on record for this time of year, ahead of only 7.53 million acre feet on October 31, 1977.”
A four-year drought has devastated the reservoir systems and one Godzilla ElNino just is not going to cure the problems in one year.
the great news is that it will get the system headed the right direction. But as we head into 2016 resident of California and the Western States need to prepare to use less water. And in Extreme cases need to prep for failing water systems all together.
The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. On average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors, with the bathroom being the largest consumer (a toilet alone can use 27 percent!).
That being said what are the survival tips for a family of four if you need to go a week without running water in your home?
Two suggestions:
  1. Water Storage
  2. Water Filtration

Water Storage in the severe Drought conditions we are discussing one needs to be careful to not be a hoarder and consider that whole community. However not being frugal and storing emergency supply’s of water is also dangerous for the well-being of your family. The Average person in a survival situation can obiously live on very little. But a healthy standard to use is 1 gallon of water per day per person.  So in a Seven day week a family of four should have 25-30 gallons of water stored up and on hand.

So how do you begin.:

  1. Start buying the Costco packs of water.  Not the most affordable solution but a 24 pack of 8 oz bottles will be easy to define when you have five or 6 cases stored up.
  2. Get water Storage containers and start storing. Containers come in 3 gal, 5-gallon, 7-gallon, 15-gallon and up. Stackable and Approved for long term water use. These containers will easily keep water for upto a year. then as you rotate the water supply out and refil they get cheaper. Plus the water you dont use can be used for everyday use when you go to recycle.

At Preparedness Industries water Storage is one of the key components we beleive every person needs to take care of. Water is a Survival essential. In California and the rest of the West it is only logical that a family have 4-6 water storage containers stored and ready this next year.


Water Filtration or Treatment is the other option to consider. Realize that as our water systems begin to fail that in a true survival mode you may be forced to drink from water suppies that are not treated or safe. Water  Filtration or Treatment is typically something we discuss with back country backpackers, but the same principles apply to life saving measures in severe drought.

So as the snow continues to fall in the Sierra and Western state mountains. Bejoyful of the increasing snow pack but be smart and plan ahead for the summer to come.  Water Storage is a way of life in the Western States




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