Potable water systems in drought risk in Los Angeles.

Potable water systems in drought risk in Los Angeles.

EFE, May 17, 2015

California suffers the worst drought from four years ago in living memory, which has forced to take measures to save water. It has determined that the state of emergency was decreed since last January as restrictions on water use are established in cities, affecting the irrigation of lawns and gardens and drinking water. The 75% of the drinking water system s in County Los Angeles are vulnerable to water pollution and climate change and susceptible to drought risk, according to a study by the University of California Los Angeles. They warn of risks in systems that dependent on local groundwater.

The 75% of the drinking water systems of Los Angeles County are vulnerable and susceptible to risks of drought, according to a study by the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The analysis of the Luskin Center for Innovation, UCLA, found that of the 228 water systems in the county, 79 are completely dependent on groundwater, have a high risk due to drought in California. The systems that are completely dependent on local groundwater can be particularly vulnerable to local sources of water pollution and climate change In addition, about 40% of the centers that dependent exclusively on groundwater obtained liquid of sources exceeding pollution limits allowed for drinking water at least once time between 2002 and 2010.

The report, which presents maps of each drinking water source stressed that Los Angeles County is home to about 100 small and very small community water systems located both in rural and urban areas that often lack the technical, administrative and financial capacity. Highlighting the impact of the drought hiting California, the analysis pointed out that communities in “Azusa, Covina and El Monte may face more than 30 additional days above 95 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures. by 2050

According to Henry McCann, Project Manager Water Initiatives Luskin Center and author of the report, it is the set of publicly accessible most complete maps of the drinking water of the community of Los Angeles. McCann expects the report and maps of water areas can serve as a tool both agency administrators and researchers to analyze the impact of policies on water availability in specific communities. The study also highlighted the five systems that serve vulnerable populations, “with the highest concentration of very young and very old people”: Maywood, Bellflower, Huntington Park, Willowbrook and Bell Gardens.

The County of Los Angeles is the most populous country with over 10 million inhabitants and the city of Los Angeles, with about 4 million residents, is the largest in California and the second most populous city, according to the census. California suffered for four of the worst droughts in living memory, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in January and earlier this month set restrictions on water use in cities, affecting from irrigation lawns and gardens to the drinking water.


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