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The Risks of California Drought on Communities and the Role of HOA's

by Geoffe Browne on Aug 24, 2021 10:45:00 AM

HOA boards are in place to ensure that, amongst other things, the community does not succumb to harsh climatic conditions. As it stands, the state of California is sitting right in the face of drought. It is gripped by extreme dryness, with some conditions being worse than the last record-breaking drought.

Drought refers to precipitation inadequacy over a prolonged period, usually a season or more, which results in a water shortage. With California facing the wrath of this increasing drought, the authorities are analyzing the possible solutions based on past drought experiences, embracing those that work and doing away with those that don't.

What are HOA's doing to help their community?

During a time like this, the role of the HOA boards is to provide ways forward, especially for residents who are heavily affected by the effects of drought. Effective communication relays essential information such as what plans are in place and what the residents can expect.

The HOA provides critical information such as:

  • The solutions that the community needs to focus on in response to the drought
  • Giving accurate information on the type of drought affecting the community helps the residents to understand how it will affect them.
  • The community's attitude towards the drought changes to a more positive one through regular communication, and the will to hold on develops.

The HOA board is also working closely with the people of California, especially those badly affected, to manage the situation.

How can residents help their communities?

As it stands, some federal and state agencies have come forward to provide direct relief and recovery support for those badly hit. Even though the NIDIS does not offer monetary support to the affected parties, it provides crucial information and services that can help communities handle the effects of the drought.

Some disaster assistance programs such as USDA and SBA have come forward to help the residents in different ways. For instance, the USDA offers some disaster assistance programs that help farmers in the state through its Farm Service Agency.

On the other hand, the Small Business Administration, SBA, provides Economic Injury Disaster Loans to California's agricultural cooperatives and non-profit organizations.

Water conservation resources

The most significant effect that comes with drought is water scarcity. However, promising water conservation practices are in place to ensure that the state doesn't have a water shortage. Thanks to Cal Water, single-family residential customers can acquire conservation kits that will help them conserve water easily.

The kits provided include:

  • Two water-efficient showerheads.
  • A hose nozzle.
  • Toilet leak tablets.
  • A kitchen faucet aerator.
  • Two bathroom faucet aerators.

When will the drought end?

The end of the drought depends on the moderation of drought and its impact on the affected area's residents, in this case, California. For instance, a rancher defines the end of drought when precipitation falls can support livestock grazing.

On the other hand, those in the cities will define the end of drought as the period when they receive an entire supply of water from the water agency. Either way, predicting when the California drought will end depends on how well the residents and the authorities will manage the situation.

Will there be a water restriction?

Even though there are no specific water restrictions now, Gov. Gavin has indicated that mandatory statewide water restrictions might begin at the end of September.

What can residents expect?

Residents can expect water restrictions to start at the end of September if the situation does not miraculously change. However, the situation should be manageable, with the authorities doing all they can to contain the situation.



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