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California Governor directs 25% statewide mandatory water reductions; first such in state history

California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across the drought-stricken state. For the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25%. This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville. Other measures ordered include:

To save more water now, the order will also:

  • Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments;

  • Direct the creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models;

  • Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use; and

  • Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used, and ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

The Governor’s order calls on local water agencies to adjust their rate structures to implement conservation pricing, recognized as an effective way to realize water reductions and discourage water waste.

Agricultural water users—which have borne much of the brunt of the drought to date, with hundreds of thousands of fallowed acres, significantly reduced water allocations and thousands of farmworkers laid off—will be required to report more water use information to state regulators, increasing the state’s ability to enforce against illegal diversions and waste and unreasonable use of water under today’s order.

Additionally, the Governor’s action strengthens standards for Agricultural Water Management Plans submitted by large agriculture water districts and requires small agriculture water districts to develop similar plans.

Additional actions required by the order include:

  • Taking action against water agencies in depleted groundwater basins that have not shared data on their groundwater supplies with the state;

  • Updating standards for toilets and faucets and outdoor landscaping in residential communities and taking action against communities that ignore these standards; and

  • Making permanent monthly reporting of water usage, conservation and enforcement actions by local water suppliers.

The order:

  • Prioritizes state review and decision-making of water infrastructure projects and requires state agencies to report to the Governor’s Office on any application pending for more than 90 days;

  • Streamlines permitting and review of emergency drought salinity barriers—necessary to keep freshwater supplies in upstream reservoirs for human use and habitat protection for endangered and threatened species;

  • Simplifies the review and approval process for voluntary water transfers and emergency drinking water projects; and

  • Directs state departments to provide temporary relocation assistance to families who need to move from homes where domestic wells have run dry to housing with running water.

The order also incentivizes promising new technology that will make California more water efficient through a new program administered by the California Energy Commission.



Of course, Gov. Moonbeam will never attack California's over-consumption problem where it really needs to be attacked:  at the over-population end, beginning with the removal of every illegal alien who can be found.


That's a surprisingly ugly comment EP, I wouldn't have thought it of you.

Most of California's water is consumed by the agricultural industry. Who do you think is getting that produce from the field to your table?

If you study California's history even a little, you'll quickly realize that what we call Southern California was once Mexican territory.

Most of California's water is consumed by the agricultural industry.

Guess which industry is the excuse for needing all the illegal aliens?  Those jobs are about to go to robots anyway, so there's no excuse for illegals regardless.

If you study California's history even a little, you'll quickly realize that what we call Southern California was once Mexican territory.

It was claimed by Mexico (after being claimed by Spain), but it was essentially unoccupied which left it to be taken by whoever was willing to move there.  That's how e.g. the Texicans were able to make themselves the majority population and take Texas away by secession.


"the removal of every illegal alien who can be found"

Just hoping that Justin Bieber has his duck in a row


Except for those who can trace 100% of their lineage to aboriginal forebears, we are all immigrants or descendants of immigrants here.


There's evidence that even the pre-Columbian inhabitants are not the original stock which first put the human touch on the Americas; the Solutreans may have been the first arriving from Europe, only to be wiped out by a second wave from Asia.

Regardless, we have laws and a water crisis in the here and now.  The people who broke the law "for a better life" can go back where they came from; there's adequate water there.


Less than 10% of California water is used for residential interior use.
77% is used for agriculture.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Nobody elected Emma Lazarus to write US immigration, agricultural or industrial policy.


I think if you're gonna put that out on the welcome mat, you better mean it.


It may surprise you, but neither the city of New York, nor the authority in charge of the Statue of Liberty, write US immigration policy either.


USA and California are not overpopulated and could feed another 500+ million people.

However, dry places like California will have to learn how to reduce fresh water consumption by 25%, 50% and by 75+% or start to import very large quantities of fresh water and/or produce it locally.

Fresh water from US rivers, flowing out at sea, could be pumped to dry areas. Pumping stations could have their own solar power and/or wind mills stations.

Alternatively, very large 1+ million tons tankers could help to supply cities with fresh water from Canada?

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