Californians responded to the worst snowpack measurement on record and unprecedented drought restrictions by decreasing their water use 13.5 percent in April, regulators said Tuesday.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has announced statewide mandatory water reductions for the first time ever as the state saw the lowest snowpack levels ever recorded.
Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average.
The State Water Resources Control Board projected the curtailment letters would be sent out later this month for users on 10 different rivers and their watersheds.
State surveyors checking California’s snowpack say a recent storm brought little help, and that snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are dangerously low.
After years of drought in California, officials now warn that any sudden heat-up in the Sierra Nevada mountains may spell trouble.