Calif. Orders First-Ever Mandatory Water Cuts Amid Drought

Law360, Los Angeles (April 1, 2015, 6:35 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday issued the first-ever mandatory water restrictions in the state’s history, ordering cities and towns to reduce water usage by 25 percent as California confronts severely dry conditions for the fourth year in a row.

Brown announced his executive order in the Sierra Nevada, which is experiencing its lowest snowfall ever recorded, according to a statement from the governor’s office. He said the new measures — which also include enforcement to prevent wasteful water use and investments in new technologies —...
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