Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency in Los Angeles County late this afternoon, as well as in Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, Imperial and San Francisco Counties. That puts the entirety of Southern California under the state’s water conservation order.
Those eight counties had been excluded from the original emergency declaration, but with water conservation efforts falling short statewide, Newsom said, “it’s critical that Californians across the state redouble our efforts to save water in every way possible.”
Newsom’s action today puts all of the state’s 58 counties under the order, which says in part: All agencies of the state government are to utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan.”
It goes on to order that “all residents are to obey the direction of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.”