Newsom’s request is not an order, but it demonstrates the growing challenges of a drought that is expected to worsen throughout the summer and fall.
Last year when the city received nearly 19 inches of rainfall the funding for irrigation helped the city’s landscaping receive about 85 percent of the necessary water. However, this year with only about 2 inches of rainfall to date, the city’s budget will only allow for about 23 inches of water, or about 50 percent of the water needed to sustain the city’s landscaping.
In an effort to continue conserving water, the Long Beach City Council approved new permitting requirements for certain new landscapes and relandscaping projects under the city’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), officials announced Thursday.
The Long Beach Water Department announced today that in the first month of California’s mandatory water usage reporting period, the City of Long Beach exceeded its assigned conservation mark of 16 percent, reducing its water usage from last June by 19 percent.