Calistoga Moves Towards Water Conservation as State Grapples with the Issue Issue

A water conservation mandate will go into effect next month in Calistoga. City officials declared a Stage Two Water emergency yesterday and starting on May 1st residents and businesses will be required to save water. Some of the conservation measures include no outdoor irrigation on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays with potable water, using outdoor irrigation during early morning hours only, and other changes.

Lawmakers in the San Joaquin Valley want Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a State of Emergency over California’s water crisis. Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Andreas Borgeas of Fresno sent a letter to the governor yesterday, urging him to take action and deliver water to farms and rural communities. Senators and Assembly members from Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno and Merced were among the lawmakers who signed the letter. If the governor declares a drought emergency, state agencies would be able to increase water allocations south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.