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>> California rolling back its strict mandatory water conservation rules imposed at the height of one of the worst droughts in the state's history. On Wednesday, the State Water Resources Control Board suspended California's 25% mandatory water reduction rules, moving instead to now allow local districts to set their water restriction standards.
>> It's phenomenal and unprecedented that almost 24% of the water we saved over about a ten-month period during the time that we were asking for the 25% mandate.>> In fact, Californians have save enough water to supply six and a half million people for an entire year. A wet winter helped but did not end a four-year drought that has led farmers to stop growing crops, made rivers too warm for salmon, and caused wells to run dry.
The severe drought prompted California governor Jerry Brown to issue an executive order last April to conserve water. The rules forced residents to water their gardens and lawns less frequently, take shorter showers, and flush toilets fewer times.>> If it's yellow, it's mellow. If it's brow, flush it down.
But residents can't get too complacent as districts will still have to ensure they have enough water for three years. The new rules going to effect June 1st.