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The Drought Is Over! Governor Says

One of the wettest and snowiest winters on record in California, along with unprecedented water conservation, has finally prompted Governor Brown to end the drought emergency. But Brown said he would maintain water reporting requirements for providers, including the Nevada Irrigation District, as well as bans on wasteful practices, like watering during or immediately after it rains. NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close says customers here haven’t faced any mandates for two years. But he says district operations are still affected…

click to listen to Chip Close

But Brown did not lift the emergency for every part of the state, keeping it in place for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties, citing diminished groundwater supplies. And he also says he next drought could be around the corner. Meanwhile, NID’s water conservation rate in March was 19%, compared to 2013, the same as February. Close says those are good numbers, although the March 2016 rate was 9 points higher…

click to listen to Chip Close

The statewide conservation rate for February was 25%, the latest figure available.

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