Rain water harvesting in CA

    Published: December 22, 2015

    14 GOP Lawmakers Insist on Plan for El Niño Waters

    As the 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, 14 GOP lawmakers are asking what plans the federal government and Californian state agencies have in place to prevent projected rainfall from flowing into the ocean.

    In a letter addressed to President Obama and Californian Governor Jerry Brown, the 14 lawmakers ask how rainfall will be captured and transported throughout California. If a plan is not in place, they ask how long implementing such a plan would take.

    At the heart of their concerns are state and federal environmental regulations limiting water exports from Northern California to Central and Southern California. The letter writers believe such regulations restrict the state’s ability to get water where it’s most needed.

    Not everyone agrees. California Natural Resources Agency spokesperson Nancy Vogel, in an email to The LA Times, states any limitation on the state’s ability to gather and collect El Niño rainfall will be determined by the capacity of state and federal water projects, rather than environmental regulations.

    As for El Niño itself, the weather system is now “too big to fail” according to Bill Patzet, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Pacific Ocean temperatures are still on the rise, weakening the trade winds and moving warmer water toward the western coasts of the Americas. This shift in ocean temperature should move winter rain storms normally seen over Mexico and Central America northward to California, possibly resulting in record rainfall.

    El Niño rainfall, however, is unpredictable, and a single wet winter is unlikely to end the three-year drought. A powerful El Niño could be followed by the drier El Niña, pushing the state back into dry conditions. It’s too early, therefore, to end water restrictions.

    Drier weather interspersed with wet El Niño years may be the new normal for California. At Pelican Water, we’re doing our part to fight the drought, offering water softener alternative with salt free technology systems. Unlike salt-based systems, Pelican NaturSoft systems produce no wastewater, and require no electricity to operate. Swapping out an old salt-based system for a NaturSoft greatly improves your water conservation efforts.