Governor Newsom expands drought declaration, asks Californians to cut water use

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday expanded his drought emergency proclamation to include 9 more counties, bringing the total to 50 due to worsening drought conditions.  The proclamation now covers about 42% of the population.

During a press conference in San Luis Obispo County, the Governor also called on Californians to reduce household water usage by 15%.

“We’re hopeful that … people in the state of California will take that mindset they brought into the last drought and extend that forward with a 15 percent voluntary reduction, not only on residences, but industrial, commercial operations and agricultural operations,” he said.

While the governor’s request is not mandatory, successful reduction in water usage by 15% could save as much as 850,000 acre-feet of water, which is enough to supply over 1.7 million households for one year, according to the governor’s office.

Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s largest wholesale water provider, echoed the Governor’s call for conservation.

“Southern California must be part of the statewide movement to address the significant water supply challenges created by drought and climate change. We are one when it comes to water, and our state’s river ecosystems and snowpack-reliant supplies are under greater and greater stress. The governor’s call for the public to voluntarily cutback water use by 15 percent demonstrates the seriousness of this growing drought yet preserves the flexibility local managers need. Southern Californians have done a great job maintaining lower water use since the last drought, yet this drought demands that we all re-examine and renew our water-saving habits and do everything we can to use this precious resource as wisely as possible.”

Only Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco and Ventura are not under a regional drought state of emergency at this time.

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  1. To whom it may concern / Governor Newsom;
    Are there any plans for CA and West Coast States to build within Biden’s Infrastructure, an extensive intrastate water pipeline delivery system from very wet flooding states to CA and West Coast farms, forests and municipalities etc. ?
    We’ve built pipelines for well over a hundred years and from North Alaska to the lower states for oil etc. We can certainly and easily build intrastate water pipelines that are unlike oil, are not a threat to the environment. This is survival infrastructure and should be placed at the top of the list to start immediately. Expense should not be a factor, we are literally in the 11th hour and the GOP will not act ! This is our chance to effect change and protect ourselves going forwards. Please get this done. Desalinization is highly expensive and highly toxic and pollutive. Water pipelines are not in any way.
    Each state connecting their pipelines to the next. Using US Steel. This is Infrastructure and it is jobs. We also should consider implementing cutting edge cistern, water capture systems to capture the flooding rain waters before piping them out. This would protect the flooding states and save our drought ridden states. Its a huge job but we’ve done others and succeeded. Water pipelines can easily follow our interstate highway routes heading west. We are in the 11th hour and this should in my opinion been invested in and done at least 2 decades ago. With ‘Trillions’ being waved around, why isn’t this the first order of business to save our states, farms, oxygen supplying forests etc?? We sell our technology to other nations yet let our systems all fail. Do we really want to be beholden to China and others for our foods??…..This is a multi-pronged emergency. Also who are the arsonists being arrested? Who or what groups are behind their arson? Is this sabotage political or agri based? Thanks.

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