California Drought Map

California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

California Drought Precipitation

While drought is no foreign concept to California, this stretch has been particularly brutal. California gets its water from 3 main sources—snowpack, water stored in reservoirs, and water pumped from underground aquifers—but each have been uniquely affected. For snowpack, 2015 has been a record-low year.


Reservoirs have also remained below average, with some at as low as 9% capacity.


Over the last 5 years, these factors have contributed to the most severe drought California has experienced.

California Drought Map




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