The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
Recent rainy weather didn’t end California’s drought, but it brings plenty of water to halt outdoor watering for several weeks. DWR, local water leaders and University of California Cooperative Extension staff together urge all residents, business owners and government agencies to shut off sprinkler and irrigation systems and resume when soil dries. "Three dry years in a row have left our major reservoirs low, and we need to conserve those supplies in case drought conditions persist into the next rainy season. There's no need to water lawns, parks, median strips or any landscaping already soaked by these recent storms," said DWR Director Mark Cowin. As part of the drought proclamation on January 17th by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California residents should conserve water by 20 percent in their homes and businesses. To learn ways to save water outdoors, visit:
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