Water Board Approves Unprecedented New Rules

The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted emergency conservation mandates, with the aim of slashing urban water use by 25 percent.

The changes were approved late Tuesday.

About 400 suppliers are looking at cuts between 8 and 36 percent.

All Kern County agencies will have to make minimum 24 percent reductions. 36 percent cuts will have to be made in Bakersfield, Wasco, Shafter and Oildale.

– Anthony Pollreisz