California Regulators Ordered San Francisco to Stop Diverting River During Drought
On Friday, the state regulators of California ordered San Francisco to stop diverting some of the river water which is stored in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir regularly.
The cutback in water was ordered by the State Water Resources Control Board and is a part of its recent round of notices served saying that water sources are becoming extremely dry to fulfill the demand during the drought time.
For its drinking water, San Francisco is highly dependent on the melted snow from Sierra Nevada which flows into the Tuolomne River. During the four drought years, the snowpack has vanished by a huge proportion. The city has claims to the river which dates back to several centuries which also includes the one in 1902, when the city's mayor nailed a notice on a tree. The river water is diverted to replenish the Hetch Hetchy reservoir which provides for 2.5 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
However, it was not clear how much of the water was cut from the amount that is diverted to San Francisco's reservoir according to the Friday's order.