The State of California was expecting a triple La Niña winter this year which would have resulted in an extremely dry winter, an unfortunate forecast given the State’s historic drought conditions in 2022. Surprisingly and counter to predictions, California has had a remarkably wet winter with enough rainfall to curtail the drought and its water … More From Dry Seasons to Wet Winters: Why Does it Matter?
The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District) provides roughly 25% of the region’s water needs from Yucaipa to Fontana. Businesses and residential customers alike depend on them for water. With a limited water supply, unknown annual precipitation amounts and a growing population, water districts in Southern California need to plan to ensure water … More Enhanced Recharge Project: Putting Stormwater to Good Use
Despite its humble beginnings, the historic Old Big Bear Valley Dam still exists today. Originally pieced together with rock from surrounding hillsides and a single granite arch, the dam was created to provide water for agriculture farming in the area. Its historical significance to the region tells a story of strength, economic growth and water … More From Rock to Shining Rock: How Big Bear Got Its Dam
Have you ever wondered what that giant tank on the hill was? You are looking at a water tank reservoir storing water for your community. Water reservoirs are a means to store both drinking (potable) and non-drinking water (non-potable). Reservoirs can be in the form of a lake or tank. Beneath the ground you can … More Water Reservoirs – Storing Water for our Communities
First built in 1949 to provide water to St. Bernadine Medical Center, the Perris Hill Reservoir serves as drinking water storage for the people in the City of San Bernardino. This hidden reservoir is not visible to the naked eye; it was intentionally constructed inside an existing hill, east of Perris Hill Park. A popular … More Hidden in a Hill – Perris Hill Reservoir
The saying, “April showers, brings May flowers,” may get you to start thinking about rainwater and where it goes after it falls from the sky. It is true that the springtime brings new blooms and the recently bare vegetation begin to show signs of life, giving evidence that spring has arrived. While the rain brings … More What Happens to Rainwater in Southern California?