Apparently, the City of Pasadena has finally admitted that the local groundwater is being depleted, although they do not state the reason in the press release below (conservation?).
Also, somebody please tell the City of Pasadena that "rainfall below normal for three out of the last four years," as stated in the press release below, is NORMAL for California. To clarify, rainfall is not "below normal," but "below average." There is a big difference. The normal condition especially in Southern California is what we call drought. In Southern California we depend on what is abnormal for our imported water supplies. And what is abnormal is a wet year that fills up all the reservoirs which we draw down over several dry years. And, uh, the official "rainy season" in Southern California is November 1 to February 28.
Read City of Pasadena press release below:
Date: June 30, 2009 1:49:23 PM PDT