State Mandated Water Restrictions
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.