California governor mandates 25 percent water use reduction


Today, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that is intended to spur water savings. The order comes as the state enters another year of extreme drought caused by lack of winter rain and snowfall. The state receives almost all of its precipitation in the winter and relies on that to fill reservoirs and deposit snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But this year, there was no precipitation for the entire month of January, leaving snowpack at many locations well below average —and completely absent in many areas. The new order focuses on conservation, with mandatory water reductions in cities and towns that will cut use by 25 percent. Many of the additional steps are obvious and probably should have been done before a crisis hit: remove 50 million square feet of lawns, have places like school campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries limit water use, and ban any installation of new irrigation systems that don’t use efficient drip irrigation. Standards for toilet and faucet water use will also be updated. Read 1 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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California governor mandates 25 percent water use reduction


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