Governor Says Cities And Local Districts Must Cut Water Usage As California’s Drought Worsens

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The boat marina at Lake Sonoma is still accessible as this large North Coast reservoir of drinking water drops below 38% capacity as viewed on March 22, 2022, near Healdsburg, California. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered cities, water districts and other agencies to tighten their conservation rules, as the state comes to grips with the realities of a drier-than-needed winter rainy season. “While we have made historic investments to protect our communities, economy and ecosystems from the worsening drought across the West, it is clear we need to do more,” Gov. Newsom said. “Today, I am calling on local water agencies to implement more aggressive water conservation measures.” The governor’s executive order focuses on the actions of the 420 largest water providers in the state, even as California’s urban residents have fallen far short of a goal set to voluntarily reduce their water usage. San Jose Mercury News natural resources and environment reporter Paul Rogers helps unpack the latest on the drought and the state’s new water rules.


Paul Rogers, natural resources and environment reporter, San Jose Mercury News