Governor Brown on the Drought

May 06, 2014

Gov. Brown Orders More
Emergency Drought Measures

  Citing a article written by Matt Weiser of the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

"I call on every city, every community, every Californian to conserve water in every way possible," Brown said in a statement.

  The governor first proclaimed a drought emergency Jan. 17. The order calls on all Californians to avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other hardscapes; to wash vehicles only at car washes that use recycled water; and to limit landscape watering to twice weekly. It encourages outdoor sports facilities to similarly reduce irrigation of playing fields. It urges hotels and restaurants to give patrons options to reduce water consumption, such as limiting laundering of linens and making water available only on request.

  It calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to order all local water service providers to adopt these measures as customer requirements, if they have not already.

  The proclamation also seeks to plug a loophole that allows homeowner associations to require residents to water lawns, even if this conflicts with local water agency rules, and to fine them if they do not. It declares "void and unenforceable" any such provision of a homeowner association governing document.

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