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Officials With Water District In Ventura County Say Water Levels Up, But Far From Drought-Ending

Lake Piru's water level is up 34 feet since the first of the year, but the lake is still only at 39% capacity

A South Coast water district is cautioning that despite a huge surge in its water supply due to recent storms, Ventura County is still in the grip of drought.

United Water Conservation District officials say Lake Piru’s water level has doubled over the last two months, rising more than 30 feet. But they note it’s still only 39% full, and it would take another 180,000 acre feet of water to fill it.

The District collects stormwater in Lake Piru, and uses it as a water source and to replenish groundwater.

District officials say for Ventura County to get completely out of drought conditions, it would need 10 more storms like the ones which occurred during the first two months of this year.