Gov. Newsom asks Californians to cut water use by 15%

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: California Governor Gavin Newsom attends California Governor Gavin Newsom's press conference for the official reopening of the state of California at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2021 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom holds press conference for the official reopening of the state of California at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2021 in Universal City, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:32 AM PT – Friday, July 9, 2021

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. The further expansion of Newsom’s powers come as he faces a recall election in Sept. Critics have slammed the governor’s recent move as a power grab.

“Over 1.7 million Californians have signed a recall petition. Our state constitution provides them that option,” said Rep. Vice Fong (R-Calif.). “They and many more will show up and vote whenever the election is set, but the message sent with this bill proves the public’s frustration that politicians will do whatever they can do to stay in power.”

According to analysts, nearly one in every two Californians will likely be hit by Newsom’s water restrictions. While all Californians across the state are being asked to reduce water consumption, large Democrat-led cities including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are not included under the emergency proclamation.

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