California sees its rainy season, and it could become the wettest in forty years in the history of California. The experts are saying that they could have used that water of the rain judiciously. Collection of the water and using it for other purposes would have been a book for them, but unfortunately, they missed this opportunity and wasted the trillions of gallons of storm runoff which could have been saved. That water went into the ocean and is of no use now.
“We will never capture it all, but we need to do a better job of capturing what we can,” said Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute. Around 18 trillion gallons of water was in California after the rain and out of that 80% of the water mixed up in the ocean. Gleick who is the author and told how Los Angeles and San Francisco could harness water said, “The challenge is: How do we capture more of that water to use it so we can use it during dry parts of the year? And cities in California have not historically done a good job of capturing what we call stormwater.”
Los Angeles and other cities are having a flood control system, and none of the water goes into underground water. From the past five years, it sees a severe drought in which the crops were not there, and farmers met with huge losses, and there was no business for them. Few more years ago there were around 50 dams, and they used to capture the snow which fell. When the spring came then that snow melted and served other cities which were having less water. “As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can,” Brown said at the time.
“There is still a debate in California about the value of building new concrete infrastructure like new dams,” Gleick said. “If we can find decent places to build them or raising Shasta, for example, vs. cutting demand or being more efficient.”