California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought State of Emergency in January, as the drought in California enters its fourth devastating year. By the end of March, Governor Brown had signed emergency legislation that opens up $1 billion for drought relief and critical water infrastructure projects.
The Emergency Drought Package will provide funding for emergency food aid, drinking water, water recycling, conservation awareness, infrastructure and flood protection funding.
Everything that can be done to save water is being done: restaurants have been asked to only serve water upon request, and hotels now have to ask multiple-night guests whether or not they need their towels and linens washed. Governor Brown has asked upon all Californians to prevent water waste by reducing their water use by 20 percent.
In addition to Governor Brown’s work to counter the record drought, the California Energy Commission has approved new standards for water, using appliances that will save more than 10 billion gallons of water after only a year.
The state is pulling out all the stops to try to better conserve water and alter their water-using ways for the future. Entering the fourth year of the drought, there still does not seem to be a clear end in sight, but all that can be done is getting done.
Information in article taken from ca.gov