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Governor Brown Issues Order To Prepare For Fifth Year Of Drought

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, a farmer checks the moisture of land just planted with corn seed on land he farms near Stockton, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to prepare for a fifth year of drought. The order says if drought conditions persist beyond January next year, water conservation mandates will continue until October 31st of 2016.

Brown announced the first-ever 25-percent water conservation requirement back in April. Those were scheduled to end in February of 2016.  

In his executive order, he also directed state agencies to use $5 million from the budget to help provide a permanent solution for homeowners who lack water.  It applies only to households that depend on wells or water systems with fewer than 15 connections.

The Governor also wants to take advantage of what precipitation comes with an El Niño weather pattern. He’s asking agencies to expedite permitting for projects that would capture or store water, recharge groundwater aquifers, or reduce flooding.