Amid facing an upcoming recall election, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has asked residents and businesses to cut their water use by 15 percent as the state faces an ongoing drought. In a press conference on Thursday, Newsom called for Californians to voluntarily reduce their use of water by taking shorter showers and reducing the frequency of watering lawns.
The announcement comes as reservoirs in the state have reached dangerously low levels. The Democrat also added nine more counties to the state’s emergency drought proclamation.
The new state of emergency adds to Newsom’s still-existent emergency COVID powers, which he extended back in May despite California reopening on June 15.
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