Drought and Water Conservation
California’s current historic drought has demonstrated the capacity of its communities, businesses and residents to make conservation a way of life. March 2016 figures from the State Water Board show California using 25% less water than it did in 2013, even as the population has grown. As the state continues to experience severe to exceptional drought conditions, our water supplies continue to be seriously depleted.
California’s water management challenges are becoming more intense and severe with climate change and continued population and economic growth. Water conservation is the least expensive, fastest, and most environmentally-sound way to meet water needs. Conservation saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, lessens water and wastewater treatment costs, and eliminates the need for costly new infrastructure. In May 2016, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order which laid out his vision and roadmap to make conservation a way of life in California. Conservation is essential for the long-term sustainability of California’s water resources.