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California drought: Governor discusses mandatory water restrictions

AA/Washington/Michael Hernandez

California Governor Gavin Newsom has warned of possible mandatory water restrictions as the most populous US state continues to battle a worsening drought in his third year.

Newsom raised the possibility during a meeting with the state’s major urban water agencies, which serve about two-thirds of California’s roughly 40 million people.

He urged agencies to take more aggressive action to conserve water and combat drought, the governor’s office said in a statement.

Governor Newsom has consistently refrained from issuing statewide orders to address the climate change crisis, preferring more local actions.

This summer will determine whether the local approach will continue, as Newsom expects “a significant reduction in water use statewide” or mandatory statewide restrictions.

“Every water management agency across the state needs to take more aggressive steps to communicate the urgency of the drought and implement (water) saving measures,” he said. -he declares.

He added, “California have made tremendous progress since the last drought, but we’ve seen an increase in water use, especially as we approach the summer months. We all need to think more about how to make every drop count”.

California typically receives most of its annual precipitation during the first three months of the year, but this year was particularly dry, with the lowest snowfall and rainfall on record.

Snow accumulation has been particularly limited in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the state has just recorded the driest start to the quarter on record. Water levels also reached record lows in the Colorado River, another important waterway for densely populated Southern California.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which is responsible for Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, announced in April that it would limit outdoor watering for the area’s 19 million residents to one day per day. week, as the state grapples with higher temperatures and extreme drought.

Record low water levels and above average temperatures continue to fuel fears ahead of this year’s wildfire season.

Further north, the East Bay Municipal Utility District voted last month to increase the emergency threshold for the region’s water supply for some 1.4 million residents, following a survey of “unencouraging” snowfall and “very little” rainfall recorded in California over the past winter.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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