Wednesday, April 01, 2015

California Imposes First-Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

The state is facing a historic drought

California’s governor issued unprecedented mandatory water restrictions for the entire state on Wednesday, in the face of a persistent drought that is growing dire.

Gov. Jerry Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to cut the state’s water usage by 25% by enacting a series of water reduction practices, which could translate to savings of about 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months. The plan would include replacing 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping, replacing appliances with energy-efficient models and enforcing restricted water use for places like golf courses and cemeteries.

 Additional measures will address agricultural water use and investment in water-saving technologies.

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” said Brown in a statement referring to the record-low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

The order also asks local water agencies to implement conservation pricing, which can encourage water reductions and discourage waste. Local water suppliers will be required to report water usage, conservation and enforcement actions every month.

A year ago, Governor Brown declared the drought a state of emergency. The drought has lasted four years so far.




  1. California’s Dire Drought Leads to Record Low Snowpack Levels at 6%, Triggers Mandatory Conservation Measures...

    California’s dire drought conditions have finally triggered more meaningful action at the state level. Today, Gov. Brown issued an executive order which calls on state and local water agencies “to implement a series of measures to save water, including increased enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state’s drought response, and invest in new technologies,” said California Coastkeeper Alliance................

  2. California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced a series of restrictions on water usage by residents, farms and businesses to tackle the severe drought in the state on the US west coast....

    The measures, the first ever in California's history, impose mandatory water usage reductions in cities and towns across the Golden State by 25 percent.

    "Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet (1.5 meters) of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action," Brown said in a statement. "Therefore, I'm issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state."

    The state has recognized the snowpack as the lowest ever recorded and the drought, now in the fourth year, as having no end in sight, prompting the governor to step up efforts to save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use and streamline drought response by the state government...............

  3. "Una sequía jamás vista": California, condenado a ser un desierto ...

    Científicos sostienen que el estado de California (EE.UU.) corre el peligro de convertirse en un desierto, dejando a 38 millones de habitantes sin agua. Conozca el futuro que le esperaría a su población una vez que se agoten sus reservas de agua.

    Hace un siglo el estado de California contaba con una población de 3 millones de habitantes, sin embargo actualmente esta cifra ha llegado a 38 millones.

    Esa sobrepoblación "se convertirá en un factor insostenible" para el estado, después de que se agotaran sus reservas de agua, escribe Michael Snyder en su blog 'The Economic Collapse'.....................


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