Drought-plagued California adopts first mandatory water conservation rules

Reuters News
Posted: May 05, 2015 10:59 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year.

The emergency regulations, which require some communities to trim water use by as much as 36 percent, were approved unanimously late Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board weeks after Democratic Governor Jerry Brown stood in a drying mountain meadow and ordered statewide rationing.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Richard Pullin)