Some 50 million gallons of water have been lost after an act of vandalism broken an inflatable dam close to San Francisco, the native Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday.
The loss comes because the state is in its fourth 12 months of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the state’s first-ever obligatory cutbacks in city water use, as much as 36 p.c in some communities.
Alameda County Water District officers advised the newspaper that the company reported the incident, which precipitated the water to run into the San Francisco Bay, to police round 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.
“This is a very significant loss of water under any circumstances, and more so in the drought conditions we are experiencing,” water district common supervisor Robert Shaver advised the newspaper. “It is an utterly senseless, destructive and wasteful thing to do.”
The 49 million gallons have been for use by residents and companies within the metropolis of Fremont, some 33 miles (53 km) southeast of San Francisco, and surrounding communities, officers advised the paper.
Water officers mentioned that whereas the quantity of water might have equipped 500 properties for a 12 months, the loss would unlikely have a “long-term impact on its water supply operations,” based on the paper.