California cities, towns must cut water use by 25 percent

April 2, 2015

Jerry BrownCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown announced an executive order Wednesday that will require all cities and towns in the state to cut their water use 25 percent from 2013 levels. [LA Times]

The executive order is California’s first mandatory water use restriction in state history. Under the new rule, the state can fine local agencies up to $10,000 a day if they do not comply with the required water cuts.

Brown made the announcement in a dry Sierra Nevada field that is normally covered with snow at this time of year.

“We’re standing on dry grass,” he said. “We should be standing on five feet of snow.”

Brown’s announcement came on the same day that water officials measured the lowest April 1 Sierra Nevada snow-pack in more than 60 years of record keeping. The governor warned that the current drought could persist.

The executive order will also require golf courses, campuses and cemeteries to cut their water use. New developments must be equipped with drip or microspray systems if they irrigate with drinking water.

Additionally, cities must stop watering median strips in the middle of roads, and the state will work with local agencies to remove 50 million square feet of grass. Workers will replace the grass with drought-tolerant landscaping.

State agencies will create a temporary rebate program with the aim of getting homeowners to replace appliances that use a lot of water with more efficient ones.

Critics of the executive order say it does not do enough to curb agricultural water use.

The state water board is tasked with implementing the new rules. The water board is expected to approve the regulations in early May.


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  1. JMO says:

    Nestlle uses 50,000,000 gallons of water. That’s the same as 147 acre-feet of water. Almond trees use at least 2 acre-feet an acre of water per year. So Nestle uses the same amount of water as 75 acres of Almond trees. California has over 850 THOUSAND acres of Almond trees. So why would someone worry about an industry that uses 0.008% of the water used by Almond trees? But 50 Million is SUCH A BIG NUMBER!

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    • tomsquawk says:

      so i’m not sure what all this this means but i’m being blamed as evil for having a very small lawn that i play on with my grandsons
      wn that my grandsons play on

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      • tomsquawk says:

        CCN news needs to configure the site. somethings have changed

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