California governor declares end to drought emergency

After years of drought, an explosion of wildflowers in southern and central California is drawing record crowds. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. These measures will help achieve a top priority in the Governor's Water Action Plan - to "make conservation a California way of life".

The drought that spanned water years 2012 through 2016 included the driest four-year statewide precipitation on record (2012-2015) and the smallest Sierra-Cascades snowpack on record (2015, with 5 percent of average).

As California's population grows, the most efficient way to stretch and ensure water is to conserve, Kostyrko said. "They are prepared to continue in that spirit in adherence to groundwater regulations and the adoption of more efficient irrigation systems".

The new order means different things to 36 million Californians, many who have been saving on average more than 20 percent since 2013, and the 410 urban water agencies under restrictive conservation targets and, as of a year ago, stress-test reporting.

Storms hit in 2015 and returned with a vengeance previous year, filling reservoirs, overflowing dams, swelling creeks and pumping up the snowpack. Urban water suppliers would set new targets by 2021 with a full compliance deadline of 2025.

"There's a greater appreciation of just how precious water is", she said.

A long-term plan to brace California for future droughts was also announced Friday, by the Department of Water Resources. Many have swapped out lawns for drought-tolerant landscapes, attached low-flow shower and faucet heads and have ratted on their neighbors for running sprinklers during a rain storm or nonwatering days.

Technical assistance, financial incentives and standards to guide water suppliers' efforts to detect and fix leaks. Those counties still face groundwater supply shortages.

In a declaration Friday, Brown lifted emergency orders in place since 2014.

According to the press release, the state will still require urban areas to report their water usage to the state Water Resources Control Board and will continue to enforce against "wasteful practices" such as "watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians".

  • Anthony Vega