On May 9, 2016, the governor issued Executive Order Executive Order B-37-16, establishing long-term water conservation measures that include permanent monthly water use reporting, new urban water use targets, reducing system leaks and eliminating clearly wasteful practices, strengthening urban drought contingency plans and improving agricultural water management and drought plans.
In April 2017, the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Energy Commission released their final report on Executive Order B-37-16, entitled Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. This report provides a statewide framework for using water more wisely, eliminating waterwaste, strengthening local drought resilience, and improving agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.
Permanent Statewide Water Use Restrictions
Prohibitions on using a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks.
A ban on overwatering landscape that results in runoff.
Requiring restaurants to serve water only upon request.
A mandate that the hospitality industry offer optional laundering of sheets and towels.
System-wide water usage reductions 2013-2020. Courtesy of Pacific Institute
The California Drought website provides drought resources, news archives, and links to additional water resources in the State of California.
Breaking Drought News
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. The DWR maintains a news page, covering their work and projects, important events, current conditions, advisories, appointments, and more.
CaliforniaDrought.org is a project of the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California dedicated to researching and finding solutions to freshwater issues. The website compiles tools, research, and information on the drought to help California understand, plan for, and find sustainable water management solutions.
U.S. Drought Portal
The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) created the U.S. Drought Portal as an information hub on current drought conditions and drought forecasting throughout the country.
U.S. Drought Monitor
The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.