California Facing Worst Drought In 100 Years, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought emergency in California, where rivers and reservoirs are dangerously low after one of the driest years on record, and asked the people to cut their water use by 20 percent.
He did not rule out mandatory conservation measures later.
“This takes a coming together of all the people of California to deal with this serious and prolonged event of nature,” the governor told reporters in San Francisco. “Hopefully it’ll rain eventually. But in the meantime, we have to do our part.”
The declaration smooths the way for the state to seek help from the federal government, and within California it gives the state more flexibility to manage the flow of water from place to place. Brown also directed state agencies to use less water.