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California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday.But an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown would make permanent some of the measures adopted to deal with the current drought, including prohibitions against excessive water use while washing cars and watering lawns.Members of the state Water Resources Control Board — czars of the state's drought emergency program — will decide May 18 whether to remove the 11-month-old statewide order for mandatory water use cuts. The conservation effort required at least 20 percent water conservation overall by most of the water districts
A delegation of state lawmakers led by Pro Tem Kevin de León recently returned from a successful week-long trip to Australia, where they learned from a nation recently plagued by severe drought, and shared lessons learned form California's climate leadership.
"There are many lessons California can take from Australia's experience with severe drought. The recent Millennium Drought required Australia to make substantial investments in infrastructure as well as broad-based changes in behavior surrounding water consumption. There is no silver bullet solution; rather, we need to fundamentally rethink the way we use our precious water resources to be more efficient and to maximize the social, economic and environmental value of our water," Senator De León