The water spigot was turned off in 2012, marking the beginning of a drought that has dried Sacramento and much of the rest of California in a way that is changing habits of the people who live here as well as laws and regulations that govern use of the the state’s most-precious resource.
From Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedented order to reduce water use to individual household initiatives, measures large and small are being taken to help the once-lush Golden State weather its rain- and snow-starved present and create ways of doing business that anticipate future droughts.
The following are stories and other content representing significant policy or regulatory decisions and changes, as well as key mileposts relative to state’s relentless dry spell.
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▪ Sacramento’s last year of above-average rainfall: 2011-12, 24.83 inches, well above the city’s annual average of 18.52 inches.