February heat adding to drought woes across Bay Area

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South Bay residents are surrounded by reminders of the drought as the reservoirs that store drinking water remain low.

It's a great day to be on the water and soaking in the sun with clear skies. But all the nice weather comes at a price.

South Bay residents are surrounded by reminders of the drought as the reservoirs that store drinking water remain low.

"The warm weather's definitely affected it negatively, and I think people are still thinking, hey, we've got a lot of water and we're back to normal, but we're not even close," said Kevin Lavoie of Campbell.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District's Vasona Reservoir ranks at the top of the list at almost 59 percent of capacity, while the Lexington Reservoir comes in at the bottom at almost 23 percent.

Those enjoying the Los Gatos Creek Trail say they've noticed the amount of water spilling over the dam has diminished.

There's optimism more rain will come this winter.

"We've got a good healthy snow pack right now, although that's slowly dwindling off, but I think we're going to get more weather to help that out. I just think overall we're not going to solve the drought this one year, but I think we've got a good start towards it," said Shawn Aherns of San Jose.

The building boom could also make water resources scarce.

"You also think about all the construction and new businesses and homes that are going in. It's taxing our resources, so we think it's going to be here to stay," said Bonnie Corwin, who lives in San Jose.

For a five year old, however, more rain is needed for a different reason.

"I get to jump in puddles," shared 5-year-old Macy Lavoie.
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