As dry conditions persist, the city of Bakersfield's Water Resources Department is calling on the public to conserve water.
"Snowpack in the Kern River watershed — which provides for a vital source of local water supply — is projected to be only 17 percent of average this year. Last year, the snowpack was 43 percent of average, so we are now in our second dry year," according to a city memo.
It goes on to urge residents to conserve outside water use from now into fall. The city's water conservation webpage, at bakersfieldcity.us/419/Water-Conservation-Resources, highlights several tips.