California Governor Finally Issues Water Restrictions, Everyone Immediatly Hates Them

California Drought

Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown finally realized California is quickly running out of water and ordered mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%.

So what kind of restrictions are we talking about? Here are the main points, via LA Times:

  • Require golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscaped spaces to reduce water consumption.
  • Replace 50 million square feet of lawn statewide with drought-tolerant landscaping as part of a partnership with local governments.
  • Create a statewide rebate program to replace old appliances with more water- and energy-efficient ones.
  • Require new homes to have water-efficient drip irrigation if developers want to use potable water for landscaping.
  • Ban the watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.
  • Call on water agencies to implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use.
  • Require agricultural to report more water usage information to the state so that regulators can better find waste and improper activities.
  • Create a mechanism to enforce requirements that water districts report usage numbers to the state.

Twitter, of course, immediately hated everything about the announcement:

It is going to be a very long Summer.