California governor urges residents to reduce water use by 15%

Fifty of the state’s 58 counties have declared a drought emergency.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has urged residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 15 percent as the state’s drought intensifies.

In response to the drought, Democrat Newsom declared a state of emergency in 50 of California’s 58 counties, which account for about 42 percent of the population.

Large counties such as Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are not under a state of emergency.

“Our hope is that people will treat the situation with the same attitude as they did during the last drought and go for a 15 percent voluntary reduction in water use not only in homes, but also in industrial commercial operations and agricultural operations,” Newsom told reporters in San Luis Obispo County.