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Gov. Brown declares drought emergency

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.

Click here for more information from the governor's website.

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Well we put in a new lawn 3 years ago. And I was thinking instead that California would become a desert. I am right on that one. So all of us need to get rid of our lawns and instead plant drought resistant plants. That way we can all save money. And remember, like in the 1970's, 'shower together' goes the motto.


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Meanwhile, the lawn sprinklers are still happily spraying the street on Sunset Ave in (well, technically, near) LA.


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Posted by Soon won't be able to flush toilet
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

Lets build more and more, so more and more water gets used.


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Posted by psr
a resident of The Crossings
on Jan 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

Isn't this usually when the state decides it's a great time to drain a couple of reservoirs for maintenance?


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