IRVINE and PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — New research shows California’s drought situation is much worse than officials realize.
Scientists at Jet Propulsion Lab and UC Irvine say the findings are shocking.
Around 60 percent of the water used in Southern California is imported from mountains and rivers and stored in reservoirs.
The other 40 percent comes from water sources underground called aquifers, which are like giant lakes under the soil. Every valley or basin in the area has one.
“We found about 40 million-acre feet of groundwater was depleted over our nine-year study. So that’s equivalent to trillions of gallons of water. It can provide enough water for all the homes in Southern California for up to six years,” said Stephanie Castle, of UCI Water Resources.