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| Monday, Sep 15, 2014
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[KHTS] – Castaic Lake Water Agency officials document the Castaic Lake reservoir’s water level throughout the year, but officials are reporting the lake’s level has dropped significantly in the past couple months.

California water officials have been publishing drought pictures for the past year, trying to spread awareness about the importance of water conservation.

“As of today the Castaic reservoir is 38 percent full,” said Dirk Marks, water resources manager for the Castaic Lake Water Agency. “The lake’s level has dropped about 108 feet.”

The water in Castaic Lake is owned by the State of California Department of Water Resources that runs and operated the State Water Project, Marks said. Most of the water is used by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is the wholesaler for most of Southern California, Marks said. Their service area spans from San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

“We’ve been getting some additional water out of Castaic Lake but most of our imported supplies are coming from water that we have stored out of Castaic Lake,” Marks said. “Such as the California Aqueduct.”

Castaic Lake Water Agency officials do not own or operate the Castaic Lake reservoir and the amount that they have drawn for the lake is “relatively small,” Marks said.

“The Department of Water Resources officials are continuing to draw water from the reservoir and will continue to do that through October,” Marks said. “After that, they may start to partially refill the reservoir but that depends on how much water is in the system.

“Several of the water entities have water banking in the San Joaquin Valley that were recovered in the fall. Some of that water could be used to increase the water elevation (of Castaic Lake) but how much of Castaic Lake would be restored depends on how much rain we get in the next year.”

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Kontra of the Castaic Lake Water Agency.

 

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  1. This sucks… Haven’t been once this summer because of this. Stop diverting water elsewhere!

  2. Thanx to the plants that scv its adding between the roads and building new houses $!!!!!

  3. Jason Miller Jason Miller says:

    I blame George Bush…right??

  4. Diverting water elsewhere? You mean to our houses so we can bathe and cook? I’m sorry you haven’t been boating at all this summer, but I don’t think that’s the big concern here.

  5. Tony Follett Tony Follett says:

    In January it was full

  6. What did the levels look like last year at the same times? I’d think the water levels always go down over summer, no?

  7. Dustin Schmuldt, the water that has been filling our lake has been diverted to Lake Perris. Has been for months now.

  8. Chris Botros Chris Botros says:

    Why can’t we just stop blaming other people and work together to find a good solution

  9. Typically, heat, an increase in temperature, presents an interesting effect on water that has been persistent through out history. This effect has been closely researched and monitored by scientists over the years. It has been observed that during seasons of increased temperature, partly due to Earth’s axial orientation and proximity to the sun, water transforms from a liquid state to a gaseous state. During periods of intense heat, this process may be accelerated. The results of this transformation culminates in the formation of white puffy and weightless floating bodies known as clouds. As the density of these clouds increase, there structural efficiency begins to decrease. This is notably seen during times if cooler seasons, when the heat that helped provide the structural foundation for these clouds disappears. Once the clouds lose structural cohesiveness, they revert back to a liquid state and return to the Earth’s surface in the form of rain. It is to be noted that the seasons of increased temperature activity that created the transformation of water from a liquid to a gas occurs during the months of June, July, August, and the early parts of September. After which the Earth begins to experiencing a season of decreased temperature activity. This event has continuously occurred through out all of recorded history. So do not fear. What you are seeing is normal.

  10. Brian Schulz Brian Schulz says:

    Instead of building this mega high speed train…… Which should get vetoed since they lied about the price and speed… We should use that money and build a ocean to drinking water plant by the ocean.

    • Jason Easley Jason Easley says:

      We have desalination plants.. the only problem with them is that they use an incredible amount of energy. They also produce brine as a byproduct witch is so salty it makes the surrounding areas uninhabitable for all types of marine life

    • Jason Easley Jason Easley says:

      We have desalination plants.. the only problem with them is that they use an incredible amount of energy. They also produce brine as a byproduct witch is so salty it makes the surrounding areas uninhabitable for all types of marine life

  11. Julie Mair Julie Mair says:

    Earlier this year there was an article circulating that Castaic Lake would be releasing water to assist either Riverside or San Bernardino. Wish I would have bookmarked that article. So I don’t believe it’s evaporation/natural occurrence.

  12. Julie Mair Julie Mair says:

    Earlier this year there was an article circulating that Castaic Lake would be releasing water to assist either Riverside or San Bernardino. Wish I would have bookmarked that article. So I don’t believe it’s evaporation/natural occurrence.

  13. Dean Sime Dean Sime says:

    And lake pyramid is overflowing… Its all about money!!

  14. Dean Sime Dean Sime says:

    And lake pyramid is overflowing… Its all about money!!

  15. Connie Walsh Connie Walsh says:

    So sad and my boat sits.

  16. Connie Walsh Connie Walsh says:

    So sad and my boat sits.

  17. Pyramid lake is part of a power plant owned by DWP….water is pumped back and forth for electric generation ….same water…back and forth every day.

  18. Pyramid lake is part of a power plant owned by DWP….water is pumped back and forth for electric generation ….same water…back and forth every day.

  19. Alicia Carr Alicia Carr says:

    Wow, that’s crazy

  20. Ben Stroba Ben Stroba says:

    Cant we have rain water transported to us from states that get rain. I hear Missouri is getting a ton or Nevada

  21. It’s simple we live in a desert and get our water elsewhere. When there is no rain to refill the many reservoirs we have water levels go down.

  22. They fail to mention their “muscle” crisis at castaic lake

  23. Remember they pump out castaic to pyramid

  24. I’ve never seen Castaic Lake as low as this – ever. It has to do with our drought issue.

  25. Yet pyramid is the highest it has been in a long time

  26. It will rain and fill up again. We have no control over it. We never have.

  27. Omg please rain rain rain we need it.

  28. Buenas y malas noticias. !Menos agua pero mas playa!

  29. Gary Priddy Gary Priddy says:

    Not a lot of Rain,its gonna get worse,NOAA

  30. Gary Priddy Gary Priddy says:

    Not a lot of Rain,its gonna get worse,NOAA

  31. We haven’t built a new reservoir in 40 years and the population has doubled since then. Good city planning, everyone

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