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.