California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

From Yahoo/AP News:

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California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought.

Standing in dry, brown grass at a site that he said normally would be snow-covered this time of year, Brown announced he had 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 2013 levels.

The move will affect residents, businesses, farmers and other users.

“We’re in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action,” Brown said at the news conference at Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada, where state water officials found no snow on the ground for their manual survey of the snowpack. “We have to pull together and save water in every way we can.”

Brown’s order also will require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to significantly cut water use; direct local governments to replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought-tolerant landscaping; and create a temporary rebate program for consumers who replace old water-sucking appliances with more efficient ones.

California governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide. (Reuters)

“We’re in a new era; the idea of your nice little green grass getting water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the past,” Brown said.

The order calls on local water agencies to implement tiered water pricing that charges higher rates as more water is used and requires agricultural users to report more water use information to state regulators.

Brown’s office said that would boost the state’s ability to enforce laws against illegal water diversions and water waste.

The order also prohibits new homes and developments from using drinkable water for irrigation if the structures lack water-efficient drip systems. In addition, the watering of decorative grasses on public street medians is banned.

The snowpack has been in decline all year, with electronic measurements in March showing the statewide snow water equivalent at 19 percent of the historical average for that date.

Snow supplies about a third of the state’s water, and a higher snowpack translates to more water in California reservoirs to meet demand in summer and fall.

There was no snow at the site of Wednesday’s survey near Echo Summit, about 90 miles east of Sacramento.

“It is such an unprecedented lack of snow, it is way, way below records,” said Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources.

Officials say the snowpack is far below the historic lows of 1977 and 2014, when it was 25 percent of normal on April 1 — the time when the snowpack is generally at its peak.

Brown previously declared a drought emergency and stressed the need for sustained water conservation. But he has come under increasing pressure to be more aggressive as the state enters its fourth year of drought.


Had Brown been more aggressive early on, say four years ago, California might not be in such a desperate situation. But that responsibility also falls on mayors and city managers. Instead of waiting for the Governor to enforce the conservation plan they should have been making people aware of the situation and seeking their compliance, because in a drought, where only a few may be wasting water, the many will suffer the consequences.

Many people already use drip watering systems and have replaced green lawns with desert landscaping, but getting the big businesses, vineyards and farms who use a lot of water to cooperate is key in this effort.

Perhaps the money for that high speed rail system would be better spent on building more desalinization plants, and might I suggest sending home several thousand illegal immigrants who are using up precious California water.


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19 Responses to California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

  1. Crawfish says:

    They should have started building lots of desalinization plants 30 years ago.

    • Kathy says:

      Yet instead of building and operating plants to independently access water, they depend on other states to pipe it in. Liberals – it’s always up to someone else to take care of them.

  2. Hardnox says:

    Typical lefty moronic reaction to a pending disaster…. wait until the very last second before taking action.

    They should have captured the Delta Smelt long ago and bred them in captivity instead of evacuating their reservoirs to provide for the proper fresh/salt water balance that the minnows needed. Now the damned things will die anyway.

    Ditto with the farmers… keep passing those oppressive laws and raising taxes while expecting the farming industries to keep paying the freight for the lefty’s idiotic programs.

    Hey, what about blowing up decades old dams to allow the fish to migrate while destroying the fresh water reservoirs? Oh and by the way… Southern California is… a…. Desert.

    All of this unfolding disaster could have prevented had the morons in charge planned for it. They were warned thousands of times for decades. Now we’ll be hearing the screams for the rest of us to bail them out in one way or another by building a pipeline from Canada or some such thing. Wait for it. In the meantime, Warren Buffet is probably buying up stainless steel tanker cars…

    • Kathy says:

      Funny you should mention a pipeline from Canada. I came across a picture yesterday of a potential underwater pipeline from Alaska. The plan was to run it along the ocean floor, but that would probably disturb another stupid fish or something.

      Desalinization makes more sense and would create jobs, but it’s doubtful the Einsteins see it that way.

  3. Uriel says:

    Ironic and highly worrisome. My city has had Daily chemtrail flyovers of dozens and dozens of trails. California had the same over the last 30 years but cities brought it to court. If this is in anyway a possible result of those chemtrails, then the people involved need to be drug out of the shadows. As our Clyde says. Global Warming my ass-s-s. The normal cycles and all the bs being hyped is really a coverup of the massive tinkering of scientists since experiments in the 1950’s for military use and fat piggies wanting more moola.

  4. captbogus2 says:

    I’m beginning to think God doesn’t like Californians, either.
    No offense, Brian…

    • BrianR says:

      None taken. There are lots of Californians I don’t like, starting with Governor Moonbeam.

      For YEARS I’ve been saying that the stupid not-so-high-speed train to nowhere that no one wants or needs, the biggest Browndoggle in state history, should be cancelled and those billions of dollars redirected to desalination plants.

      Hell, on our left coast we have an unlimited and inexhaustible supply of water just sitting there. All we have to do is remove the salt and pipe it anywhere in the state we want.

      But N-O-O-O-O-O…..

      • Kathy says:

        Being four years into this and just now getting serious about saving water seems pretty asinine, but that’s Moonbeam and libs for you.

        Brian, I’m curious as to what their reasoning has been for not pursuing desal plants, especially considering the frequency of fires in CA. You’d think they’d want a more than ample supply of water.

        • Hardnox says:

          Since Brian hasn’t answered yet… if memory serves… I do believe the reasons they didn’t do it was because the asshats couldn’t decide what to do with the salt after the desalination process. Apparently dumping it back in the ocean was too much of a stretch for them. I realize that it would change the salinity of the ocean water in the immediate area wherever it is dumped BUT it’s the friggin Pacific Ocean!

          The eco-loons are crazy. I hope they all die of thirst. Morons.

          • Kathy says:

            Seriously? omg, Yet they sell sea salt in the grocery stores. Salt blocks for farms? I could be wrong, but I’d think they could clean it and use it some way.

            • Hardnox says:


              In all fairness, it’s a lot of salt. It’s basically a slurry that is much like a mud. The Saudis have been doing it for decades. They just pump it back into the sea away from the intake where it is diluted and dissolved again.

              • BrianR says:

                Yeah, that’s right. The salt just goes back into the water it came from.

                But here’s the real kicker on why this hasn’t been done: enviro-wacks.

                First of all, the plants themselves would be considered “unsightly”. Don’t want to mess up the views, don’tcha know.

                Then, of course, the environmental “disruption” at the locales where the plants would be located. I can see YEARS of lawsuits arising as the loons bleat about the birds or fishies or plants whose “habitat” would be destroyed.

                Then, of course, never forget that to the enviro-Nazis, mankind should just vanish from the face of the planet anyway, so anything that makes living easier — or just plain possible — is to be condemned at all costs.

                This sorry state is a loony bin run by the inmates, and Moonbeam Brown is the head lunatic.

  5. CW says:

    It’s ironic that the one true benefit of people pooling their resources through government is that it affords us the luxury of preparing for crises in ways that we could not do as disconnected individuals, yet because gov’t falls into the hands of liberals those resources are instead diverted to socialist programs and boondoggles instead.

    If this crisis continues it will cost California far more to deal with it as an emergency than it ever would have cost in better times. The price of desalination plants has a funny way of skyrocketing just when they are most needed.

    The crisis in California due to their lack of planning should be a wake up call to the rest of the nation which has ignored calls from conservatives to upgrade and better secure this country’s electric grids.

    • Kathy says:

      Libs have such a knack for getting their priorities wrong. Californians need water much more than they need fast trains.

      • BrianR says:

        The train won’t even be fast, that’s the thing. The current design doesn’t even conform to the mandates of the authorizing proposition (making it illegal) and isn’t staying within the authorized budget (ALSO making it illegal), and they’ve designed it with many stops along the way, which essentially violates the required performance parameters of going from LA to San Fran in something like 2 hrs 40 minutes.

        It’s a complete boondoggle and scam.

  6. vonmesser says:

    Back about 1972 I was in LA for a tournament and SoCal was in the middle of one of its periodic droughts. Watering lawns was only allowed one day a month. While driving down the street filled with tan and brown lawns I came across a beautiful green one. Bright, perfect, green, and fairly small. Seems the owner had torn out the grass and re[placed it with AstroTurf he got when the local football stadium upgraded their playing field. P!$$€Ð his neighbors off big-time.

    • Kathy says:

      When drought struck our area a few years ago, several of my friends did this. Now they go out and vacuum or blow the leaves off their ‘lawn’ rather than water and mow. Cracked me up that in December they could blow the snow off their ‘grass’.

  7. Garnet92 says:

    It’s a sign of things to come. Necessity being the mother of invention and all that, we’ll see artificial turf lawns everywhere within another 15-20 years. Sell your lawn equipment stock now before the bottom drops out. I wonder what all of those Mexican landscape technicians will do when no one needs lawn maintenance any more.

    Here in North Texas where I live, current water restrictions only allow watering once every other week.

  8. Just Gene says:

    When we lived in Tucson, one year there was a drought and and many people cut back on their usage – a few months later the city gave the water company permission to raise rates because they didn’t make enough when people cut back on usage – of course the rate never went back down.