Following a series of regulatory changes designed to curb growing water scarcity, millions of consumers in California are now facing some of the strictest drinking water limits ever.
“Southern California’s gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as extended drought plagues the state following another dry winter,” the Associated Press reported. “The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California … declared a water shortage emergency and is requiring certain cities and water agencies it supplies to implement the cutback on June 1 and enforce it or face hefty fines.”
The ongoing drought in the Western U.S. has recently been determined to be the worst in 1,200 years. It has prompted states dependent on source water bodies there to make historic changes to water-sharing agreements and has spurred numerous consumption-cutback initiatives.
But these latest requirements demonstrate that this drought is now reaching the tap for millions.