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Governor Brown Implements Mandatory Water Restrictions in CA

On April 1, Governor Jerry Brown called for the first statewide mandatory water restrictions, instructing urban water agencies to reduce water usage by 25 percent. The announced actions will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.

In mid-March, legislative leaders introduced a $1 billion package to expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient to the disastrous effects of climate change and help ensure that all Californians have access to local water supplies. The emergency drought package:

  • Accelerates $128 million in expenditures from the budget to provide direct assistance to workers and communities impacted by drought and to implement the Water Action Plan.
  • Includes $272 million in Proposition 1 Water Bond funding for safe drinking water and water recycling.
  • Accelerates $660 million from Proposition 1E for flood protection in urban and rural areas.

To learn about all the actions being taken to manage water supplies and the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov.