The governor called on California to voluntarily reduce water use
California’s Gavin Newsom has asked people and businesses in the country’s most populous state to use up to 15 percent of their water during a drought.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s Gavin Newsom on Thursday volunteered with people and businesses in the country’s most populous state to volunteer how much water they would use in 15 because the western United States is dry. Sally looks at the water reservoirs that are rapidly depleting. Agriculture, drinking water and fish habitat.
Newsom’s request is not an order, but it demonstrates the growing challenges of drought that will only get worse in summer and autumn and is linked to recent heat waves. Temperatures are rising in some parts of the region this week, but they are deeper than the record heat wave that could have killed hundreds in the Pacific Ocean and British Columbia a week ago.
Democratic governors in California are volunteering for water conservation, including taking small showers, running dishwashers only when reducing the frequency of water-filled lanes.
Carla Namitz, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said: “As the reserves dwindle at the beginning of next year, the governor wanted to issue a voluntary call. “Voluntary protection is just about anything you plan to do next year.”
Newsom also included nine counties in the Emergency Drought Declaration, which now covers 50 of the state’s 58 counties.
The emergency announcement does not cover major cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. But Newsom is still urging people living in overcrowded areas to reduce their water consumption as they rely on rivers and reservoirs in drought-stricken areas for most of their supplies.
A historic drought linked to climate change is engulfing the American West, just a few years after California announced its last drought in 2016. An earlier drought in California had cut off groundwater supplies and changed the way people used water, causing many individuals and businesses to explode. Landscaping and replacing plants with more drought.
Some of the state’s major reservoirs are at dangerously low levels. In Northern California, Lake Orwell has a 30 percent capacity, and state officials fear the water level could drop so much that they may have to shut down the hydroelectric plant later this year. Along the Russian River, authorities fear Lake Mendoza could become empty by the end of this year.
Some local water agencies have already imposed mandatory water restrictions.
The counties included in the state’s emergency declaration include Aneu, Maran, Mono, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Mato, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. Affected countries account for 42% of the state’s population.
The counts included in this declaration are eligible for various state measures, including the suspension of environmental regulations.