Governor Newsom says Californians may see mandatory water cuts amid drought

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday threatened to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents do not use less on their own as drought continues and the hot summer months approach. Newsom raised the possibility in a meeting with representatives from major water agencies, including those that supply Los Angeles, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, his office said in a news release. The Democratic governor has avoided issuing blanket, mandatory water use reductions and instead favors an approach that gives local water agencies the power to set rules for water use in cities and towns that supply it. January through March is usually when California gets the most annual rain and snow, but these months were this year the driest in at least a century. Despite calls for conservation, water use in the state rose dramatically in March — 19% compared to the same month in 2020 — and now Newsom is considering changing its approach. “Every state water agency needs to take more aggressive action to communicate the drought emergency and implement conservation action,” Newsom said in a statement. California is in its third year of drought, and nearly all areas of the state are classified as either severe or severe drought . | video below | In drought-stricken California, water use has dramatically increased water use to clean outdoor areas. But residents have so far failed to hit the target, it is unclear when Newsom can impose mandatory restrictions if conservation does not improve. His office said he plans to meet the water agencies again in two months. Company spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the administration will reassess conservation progress in just “a few weeks.” It has not provided a metric that the administration will use to measure it. Newsom has already moved to force more conservation from local water districts. Monitoring resources to consider banning irrigation of ornamental lawns, such as lawns in office gardens, and forcing local agencies to step up conservation efforts.After the recent drought, the state has begun requiring cities and other water areas to provide a response to Drought plans detail six levels of conservation based on how much water is available. Newsom asked the board to require those areas to move to “Level 2” of their plans, which assume a 20% water shortage. Each region can set its own “Tier 2” rules, often including things like limiting outdoor water use and paying people to install more efficient appliances or landscaping that requires less water. It should include a communication plan to urge the local population to use less water. The measures will be voted on by the council on Tuesday, and they will go into effect June 10. Last week while touring a water recycling plant in Los Angeles County, Newsom spoke about the need to better communicate the need to conserve water with the state’s number of residents. 39 million people. He included $100 million in his budget for drought letters. During the recent drought, from 2012 to 2016, former Governor Jerry Brown issued a mandatory 25% cut in the state’s total water use, and the state’s water board set requirements for how much each water district had to cut water based on their current water uses; In areas where people are using more water, they have been asked to cut more. Water agencies can be fined up to $10,000 per day if they do not comply. Newsom’s current approach gives local water districts more flexibility, and he said it’s important to recognize different parts of the state that have their own water needs. The state water authority has imposed some statewide restrictions such as preventing people from watering their lawns for 48 hours after rainstorms and sprinklers from running on sidewalks. People can be fined $500 a day for violations, and those present at the meeting included representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy, East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Southern California Urban Water District, Alameda County Water District, and San Francisco utilities. Commission, Valley Water, San Diego County Water Authority, Association of California Water Agencies, California Urban Water Agencies, and California Municipal Utilities Association. The meeting was not open to the press or the public.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday threatened to impose mandatory water restrictions if residents do not use less on their own as drought continues and the hot summer months approach.

Newsom raised the possibility in a meeting with representatives from major water agencies, including those that supply Los Angeles, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area, his office said in a news release. The Democratic governor has avoided issuing blanket, mandatory water use reductions and instead favors an approach that gives local water agencies the power to set rules for water use in cities and towns that supply it.

January through March is usually when California gets the most annual rain and snow, but these months were this year the driest in at least a century. Despite calls to conserve water, the state’s water use rose dramatically in March — 19% compared to the same month in 2020 — and now Newsom is considering changing his approach.

“Every state water agency needs to take even tougher action to communicate the drought emergency and implement conservation measures,” Newsom said in a statement.

California is in its third year of drought, and nearly all areas of the state are classified as either severe or severe drought.

| Video below | In drought-ravaged California, water use has skyrocketed

Last summer, Newsom called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% by doing things like taking five-minute showers and avoiding showers, only running their washing machine and dishwasher at full loads and limiting water use to clean outdoor areas. But the population largely failed to achieve the goal.

When Newsom could introduce mandatory constraints if preservation did not improve was not clear. His office said it plans to meet with the water agencies again in two months. Company spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the department would reassess conservation progress in just a “few weeks”, and did not provide a metric that the department would use to measure it.

Newsom has already moved to enforce more conservation of local water areas. He directed the state’s Water Resources Control Board to consider banning irrigation of ornamental grass, such as lawn in office gardens, and forcing local agencies to step up conservation efforts.

After the recent drought, the state began requiring cities and other water areas to submit drought response plans detailing six levels of conservation based on the amount of water available. Newsom asked the board of directors to require those areas to move to “Tier 2” of their plans, which assume a 20% water shortage.

Each region can set its own “Tier 2” rules, often including things like limiting outdoor water use and paying people to install more efficient appliances or landscaping that requires less water. It should include a communication plan to urge the local population to use less water.

The measures will be voted on by the House Tuesday, and they will take effect on June 10.

Last week while touring a water recycling plant in Los Angeles County, Newsom spoke about the need to better communicate the need to conserve water with the state’s 39 million residents. He included $100 million in his budget for drought letters.

During the most recent drought, from 2012 to 2016, former Governor Jerry Brown issued a mandatory 25% cut in the state’s total water use, and the state’s Water Board set requirements for the amount of water each district must cut based on their current water uses; In areas where people are using more water, they have been asked to cut more. Water agencies can be fined up to $10,000 a day if they do not comply.

Newsom’s current approach gives local water districts some flexibility, and he said it’s important to recognize different parts of the state that have their own water needs.

The state water authority has imposed some statewide restrictions such as preventing people from watering their lawns for 48 hours after rainstorms and sprinklers from running on sidewalks. People can be fined $500 per day for violations.

Attendees at the meeting included representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy, the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, Southern California Urban Water District, Alameda County Water District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Valley Water, and San Diego Water District. authority, the Association of California Water Agencies, the California Urban Water Agencies, and the California Municipal Utilities Association. The meeting was not open to the press or the public.

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