Looking at the data for California by population there are more than 30 million people experiencing the two most severe drought categories D3 and D4. This looks to be a record number of people in this severe category since 2000.
Drought conditions in California seem to happen about every 2 years and last for about 3 years.
There needs to be some serious soul-searching on water management policies within California. The regulatory hurdles to increase reservoir capacity are coming back to hurt the tax payers in a big way.