California is days away from completing what may become its driest January on record
Snowpack in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains sits at just 4.4 inches of water, around 20 inches below average for this time of year, according to data collected by the the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
â€œItâ€™s a little sad looking today,â€ LADWP spokeswoman Michelle Figueroa told The Huffington Post. â€œWeâ€™re hoping thereâ€™s going to be an uptick, and thereâ€™s been some snowfall weâ€™re anticipating, but of course none of that can be entirely predictable. For now, we continue to push for [water] conservation.â€
That snowpack is an important resource for Los Angeles. Water collected from the mountains feeds through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, one of four that flow from the north
Given the snowpackâ€™s dismal numbers, the department plans to shift resources.
â€œDeliveries are really low, so that means weâ€™re going to have to buy more water,â€ she said. The department currently purchases about half its water
California will need more precipitation â€œas snow versus rain