Water is a precious resource that is used every day. About 75 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 1 percent can be used for drinking because most water found on the planet contains salt. The limited availability of water combined with population and economic growth requires good conservation practices to ensure adequate supplies are available for the future.
On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown lifted the January 17, 2014, drought declaration in most California counties. The Governor’s Executive Order B-40-17 directs the State Water Board to maintain urban water use reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks, and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians. While the drought is over, the Governor has declared that water conservation must be a “way of life.” Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, in the future the State Water Board will adopt new regulations reflecting the changes in the drought declaration.