“This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," said Governor Brown, "conservation must remain a way of life."
The Executive Order lifts the drought state of emergency in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies.
This declaration marks the end of one of most serve droughts in recent memory. According to the Governor’s Office, the 2012 through 2016 drought included both the driest four year period on record and the smallest Sierra-Cascades snowpack on record (2015).
The April 7 Executive Order highlights the need to continue water conservation as a way of life by keeping Executive Order B-37-16
intact, which will 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. State agencies concurrently issued a plan
“making water conservation a California way of life” to establish long-term water conservation measures and improve planning for more frequent and severe droughts.