In Monrovia, there is a continued need to work together to conserve water, as our region continues to grapple with the effects of the historic years-long drought in California. In fact, even though the drought is over for nearly all of the State, here in the Main San Gabriel Basin (which is where Monrovia gets its water), the situation is still incredibly dire.
Water use increases dramatically over the summer due to outdoor watering. In fact, approximately half of a household’s total water use is spent outdoors, much of which is lost due to overwatering, water runoff on sidewalks and driveways, and evaporation from the sun.
Groundwater levels in the Main San Gabriel Basin are still at historic lows, which means the water pumps and wells have to work harder to draw less water. In addition, while there was some rain this past winter, the rainfall did receive only amounted to what would typically get in an average year. Following five plus years of serious drought prior to this winter, the rain has not been enough to lift the Main San Gabriel Basin out of a critically dangerous drought situation.