Worsening drought prompts restrictions

Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended the emergency drought plan across California as dry conditions rise and implemented harsher restrictions for civilians on June 1, 2022.  

Restrictions include a ban on watering ornamental grass on commercial properties and dividing odd addresses for watering on Monday and Friday while even addresses are given Thursday and Sunday.  In addition, there will be more pressure on residents by receiving warnings if guidelines are not followed. 

“While we have made historic investments to protect our communities, economy and ecosystems from the worsening drought across the West,” Newsom said during the executive order signed. “It is clear we need to do more.”

Over the next three years, an investment of $5.2 billion has been implemented. The cost will be used for water supplies as well as providing aid to low-income communities. 

“That money is needed there for educational purposes and to make sure that California can be sustainable going into the future,” AP Environment Science teacher Bre Eagleson said. “We’re likely just going to have more drought.”

Matthew Cali, a history teacher on campus, has been preserving water in his own suitable way. 

“I definitely try to be more conscientious of how I use water—whether it’s like just doing dishes, or like rinsing out my woods when I surf—I have a bin that I try to reuse the same water so I’m not just wasting water,” Cali said. “Even though it sounds ridiculous—like at such a small scale—if everyone did their part on a small scale, I think it would make a big difference.”

Residents within California are urged to follow tips on how to preserve water while residing in a dry environment.  The California Department of Water Resources has provided advice to the public regarding preserving water for both indoor and outdoor habitats. Some include turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, cutting down shower time and recycling indoor water.