In declaring a drought emergency today, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for what is expected to be the driest year on record.
At a news conference in San Francisco this morning, he called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent. And he said mandatory water rationing may be forthcoming.
He ordered all state agencies to implement water use reduction plans, including placing a moratorium on "new, non-essential landscaping projects at state facilities and on state highways."
Snowpacks in California's mountains are at about 20 percent of their normal average and the state's reservoirs have dropped to very low levels.
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