Governor Brown issues statewide mandatory water restrictions
California Governor Jerry Brown has issued statewide mandatory water restrictions, ordering the cities to reduce their water consumption by 25 percent due to multiyear drought. The cities and communities have been urged to cut the water use while the farmers will be exempt from the current order, as they already have limited their water usage.
The State Water Resources Control Board will implement water restrictions across all the cities and towns in California. The order will also lead to conversion of 50 million square feet of lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping. The state will also offer rebate to locals to replace old appliance with new, water efficient models.
Governor Brown said, "Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action."
Agriculture sector has been one of the worst hit due to drought. The state will require additional reporting from the usage of water for agriculture to avoid any illegal diversions or wastage of water.
The plan also includes further push for usage of recycled gray water for irrigation. Last year, more than 400,000 acres of land was not used due to drought. The scarcity of water has resulted in loss of 17,000 jobs related to agriculture sector in California.
Last year, Governor Brown asked for 20 percent voluntary reduction in water usage. While many regions reported reduction in water usage, the final result was much below the 20 percent target. Homeowners could face fine in case they water their lawn more than two times in a week.
“It’s a different world. We have to act differently. The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the past,” Governor Brown said.
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