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Drought Alert: The picture tells the story at local reservoirs

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The rain has come and gone, but California is still in a drought. Now we're getting a look at the effects it's having on local reservoir levels.

You don't have to look long to see the signs of drought. Take Lake Hodges, where on a good year, water is up by the bridge, even on the other side of I-15.

The state as a whole is in the same boat. In towns across California, meetings are being held to talk water, or the lack thereof. Some vineyard owners are even resorting to water witches.

"We are better off than other parts of the state," Dana Friehauf of the San Diego County Water Authority said.

Friehauf says that's because we don't rely on one source for water. She says San Diego uses ground water, recycled water, as well as water transfers from the Colorado River. As for our reservoirs like Lake Hodges, yes, they're low, but only eight percent of our water comes from them.

The recent storms that brought us several days of rain also helped, but not as much as you think.

"The rain is always very helpful. But unfortunately it is not enough, not nearly enough to get us out of the current drought we're in," Friehauf said.

And while San Diego may not be in as bad of shape as the rest of the state, its residents will play a big role in making sure it stays that way.

"What's important is that people continue to conserve so the water we do have in storage here in San Diego County and other parts of Southern California, it can stay there. So it's like we're trying to keep as much water in that bank account," Friehauf said.

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