California goes drier
California Governor Edmund Brown announced statewide water restrictions today, the first in the state’s history, aiming to reduce the sunshine state’s water usage by 25%.
"Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow," Governor Brown said. "Therefore, I'm issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state."
The restrictions includes water suppliers issuing a monthly water usage report, replacing 50 million square feet of lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping, banning watering public street medians, and significantly cutting water use at cemeteries, golf courses, and campuses. The California government also announced that it would hand out $500-a-day fines for wasting water.
Since July, the state has adopted many water-saving measures to deal with the serious droughts plaguing the area. 11 trillion gallons of water have been lost since the beginning of the drought.
California might also want to cut down on growing almonds.