State Water Resources Control Board
State officials are struggling to keep portions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fresh as saltier water from the San Francisco Bay pushes inland during another summer of drought.
The State Water Resources Control Board on Friday ordered cutbacks for San Francisco to stop taking some of its water from the Tuolumne River despite the city’s decades-old water rights.
Most of the farmers and irrigation districts ordered by the state to stop pumping water from rivers and streams because of the drought are not complying.
“Benicians deserve to be congratulated for their hard work… our conservation rate in April was among the highest in the state, ” City Manager Brad Kilger said in a statement.
Starting Monday, Californians must cut back on their water usage. It’s part of the new state rules to deal with the drought.
The State Water Resources Control Board has accepted an historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper losses later.
California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.
State water regulators say Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste.
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