The City of Sacramento has ordered a mandatory 20 percent reductionin water use.
California Governor Jerry Brown has asked for the same reduction statewide.
It's possible the City could use data from the water meters it has installed to identify noncompliance. But, the city's Director of Utilities Dave Brent says there will be no double standard for people because they have meters.
"I just don't think it's fair. I think the way we're doing it is a good way to do it. We're going to look at our overall production numbers. We're going to institute best management practices if you will."
~Dave Brent, Director of Utilities
There are about 136,000 single-family residences in the city.
The city is spending $77 million to have 60 percent of those residences on meters by 2016.
(AP) — Despite dry conditions in much of the state, water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
Sacramento city council voted in favor of a proposal that makes some drought watering restrictions permanent.
Tuesday marks the start of a shortened commercial salmon fishing season in the waters off San Francisco. A smaller salmon population is one effect of the drought that could persist for years.
A wealth of weather and climate data and the jobs of the scientists who analyze it may be at risk under President Trump’s budget proposal.