California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered mandatory water restrictions as the drought continues. He signed an executive order requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to implement measures in cities and towns to cut water usage by 25 percent compared with prior year levels. This move will affect residents, businesses, farmers and other users. The order will also require significant reductions on the part of campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes. In addition, the watering of decorative grasses on public street medians is banned. The restrictions are due to the unprecedented lack of snowpack, as it is way below records. The pressure is on to be more aggressive as the state enters its fourth year of drought.
The State Water Board Chairman Felicia Marcus has stated that if the drought continues through next winter, and we do not conserve more, that the consequences could be even more catastrophic than they already are. The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an expanded emergency regulation to safeguard the state's remaining water supplies. Local agencies will be able to fine property owners up to $500 a day for failure to implement conservation requirements. Everyone needs to be concerned about the drought and take whatever steps necessary to conserve. Check the Rancho Water website www.bewaterwise.com for additional information and ideas on water conservation, including available rebates.