How severe is the drought in California? Comparing the images

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One remarkable illustration of how severely the state’s lakes and reservoirs are being impacted by California’s protracted drought is the trickle of water that runs beneath Lake Oroville’s Enterprise Bridge.

Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources (left); Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (right)

The second-largest reservoir in California is Shasta Lake, and it is called Lake Oroville. It is located in Butte County at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The lake is just 32% full right now due to a drought that has lasted three years in a row.

Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources (left); Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (right)

Californians are still quite concerned about conserving water, especially in the aftermath of the recent (and contentious) Ice Bucket Challenge. When you consider the numerous instances of needless water wastage that happen every day – dripping kitchen faucets, washing automobiles, watering grass yards, and absurdly long showers, to name a few – throwing a little bucket of cold water on yourself is obviously the least of the world’s worries.

Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources (left); Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (right)

The law requiring water conservation in Los Angeles is now in effect. That is, water inspectors, enforce water limitations and levy penalties against water wasters.

Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources (left); Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (right)

Continue reading below for a photo of water levels taken in 2011 and 2014, comparing Lake Oroville and Folsom Lake, another significant California reservoir in Sacramento County and currently filled to 40% of its capacity. This will give you a better understanding of the dire situation in the Golden State.

Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources (left); Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (right)

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