California snowpack falls sharply

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

The Department of Water Resources started to measure the state’s snowpack water content. Electronic data collected shows that the water content of the snowpack in the Sierras this year is only 19% compared to that of last year..

The East Bay Municipal Utilities District says this has yet to affect this year’s water supply. This is because rainfall last year continues through the July 4th weekend. East Bay reservoirs are now at 85% capacity, so it is still not cause for concern, but this may change if the Bay Area still does not see rainfall in the next few weeks.

East Bay MUD spokesperson Charles Hardy says, “We have to be watchful now. If we get 3, 4 or 5 more weeks of this, this shortens the window of when we get rain. If we did not get rain for the next 3 or 4 months, there will be a problem.”

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