From FOX 5 News – Even following a water year like 2023 and historic flooding events in recent months, California continues to see the need to conserve water. A water year, or a “wet year,” according to the United States Geological Survey, is defined as a 12-month period in which precipitation levels are measured. Generally, it takes place between October 1 and September 30 in the northern hemisphere. According to the California Department of Water Resources, while California gets 75% of its rain and snow from the watersheds in the northern portion of the state, 80% of water demand comes from the southern two-thirds of the state. (more)