California Imposes Mandatory Water Restrictions

Matt Wagner News

PHILLIPS, Calif. — Published in an article by the NY Times, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use restrictions for the first time in the state’s history, saying California’s four-year drought conditions have reached near crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfall.

In an executive order, Gov. Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California’s residents, over the coming year. According to State officials, the order imposes varying degrees of water use reductions across the board – affecting everyone, including home owners and businesses, even golf courses and cemeteries.

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