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The Latest In A Long Line Of Calif. Water Restrictions

by Rana Nader
June 11, 2015

Rana Nader's article, "The Latest In A Long Line Of Calif. Water Restrictions," was published in Law360 on June 11, 2015.

From the article...

"California is in year four of a severe drought crisis that is the worst in the state’s history. In 2013, California had less rainfall than any other year since it became a state and precipitation levels are currently well below average. In January 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in California and asked state residents and businesses to cut back their water use by 20 percent. Nevertheless, new data released for January 2015 showed that Californians reduced their water usage by only 8.8 percent compared to January 2014. San Francisco and San Diego both recently ordered water users to cut back water usage to 30-45 percent below pre-drought levels.

In April 2015, Gov. Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, directing the state Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents. This mandated decrease in water usage amounts to roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next eight months, the most drastic restrictions imposed by the state Water Resources Control Board to date. As the directives have called for decreases in usage, water rates have been on the rise. In Los Angeles, rates rose by 17 percent between November 2012 and June 2014. In San Francisco, a 32 percent water increase has been approved from July 2014 to July 2018. And in San Diego, water rates have increased over 57 percent since July 2011."

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