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Multi-year drought forces California to impose mandatory water restrictions

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 07:56 UTC
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 “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada
Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of $10,000 per day districts that do not implement cutbacks. Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of $10,000 per day districts that do not implement cutbacks.

California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions this week, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%.

 The cutbacks, to be implemented by state and local water agencies, will affect consumers and businesses throughout the most populous US state, but farmers, who are already making do with less water for irrigation, will be exempt.

”We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on five feet (1.5 meters) of snow,“ Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada community of Phillips near Lake Tahoe.

”This is rationing,“ said Brown, a four-term Democrat whose two non-consecutive stints in office have coincided with two of the state's worst droughts on record.

”We're just doing it through the different water districts.”

Governor Brown said the move, which comes as California reports its lowest snowpack levels on record, would save some 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months.

Brown said he was ordering that 50 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of lawns across the state be replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping and the creation of a consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with newer, more water-efficient models.

Different parts of the state will have to reduce their water use more than others, because some have already cut way back, Brown said.

Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the state Water Resources Control Board, said regulators would not hesitate to issue fines of up to $10,000 per day to water districts that do not succeed in implementing the cutbacks.

Many of the rules are still being developed, Marcus said, but among those already contained in the governor's order is a ban on lawns in new housing unless drip or micro-spray systems are in place.

Categories: Environment, United States.

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  • Brasileiro

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Apr 03rd, 2015 - 12:06 pm 0
  • ilsen

    @1 Brasileiro
    Why do you laugh?

    How is the water supply in Brazil?

    Apr 04th, 2015 - 03:11 am 0
  • yankeeboy

    The thing is CA has implemented a program but their problems are mostly caused by Fed Gov't regulation over water resources to protect some stupid fish.
    Odumbo is the worst. As stupid and arrogant as a Caudillo.
    Thank goodness he'll be gone shortly.

    Brazil has water, just not where they need it. People are digging wells, yes digging wells in San Paulo!! The water they'll get out of these personal wells will absolutely be contaminated.
    Brazilians aren't very smart
    and they're lazy like all Marxists

    I can't wait to see how this rolls out by Aug/Sept.
    Should be interesting.

    Apr 04th, 2015 - 12:09 pm 0
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