California braces for unending drought

Houseboats at Bidwell Canyon Marina drop with the water level in Lake Oroville, California. Photo: Tribune


Under the Governor’s executive order on Monday, emergency drought regulations, such as bans on hosing down driveways or watering lawns within 48 hours of a rainstorm, will remain indefinitely.

Urban water suppliers will be required to report their water use to the state each month and develop plans to get through long periods of drought.

Despite winter rains that replenished reservoirs and eased dry conditions in parts of northern California, the Governor suggested the drought may never entirely end, and that the state needed to adapt to life with less water.

“Californians stepped up during this drought and saved more water than ever before,” Mr Brown said. “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.”

Californians have reduced their water use by 23.9 per cent, compared with 2013 levels, since the Governor ordered a 25 per cent statewide cutback last year.

Ninety per cent of the state remains in drought, down from 97 per cent two months ago, according to the US Drought Monitor.

Full article: California braces for unending drought (The Age)

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