California Implements Mandatory, Historic Water Conservation Measures
With California’s snowpack at historically low levels and sea level areas experiencing abnormally dry conditions for the fourth straight year, California Governor Jerry Brown introduced historic and mandatory water conservation efforts on Wednesday.
Making his announcement on a dry patch of grass normally covered by as much as five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada, Gov. Brown announced his intention to reduce California’s water use by 25 percent, imposing mandatory statewide water restrictions for the first time in state history.
The measure will require golf courses, college campuses and other institutions to cut down on their water usage significantly, along with a plea from the Governor for the general public to conserve water.
“As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible,” Gov. Brown said in a release announcing the measure.
Little drought relief is on the horizon, with a few chances for mostly light rain and snow for central and northern California possible for the end of the weekend and the early part of next week.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi