Bakersfield residents will only be allowed to water outdoors three days a week.
Since the flow of water has been stopped from Truxtun Lake east to Truxtun Lake west, people in the community have wondered what will happen to the wildlife that lives in or near the west lake.
Local water departments that fail to conserve or reduce water use face possible fines and state intervention, which could include raising water rates and adding new water restrictions.
The State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter Thursday to about 1,500 Central Valley farms and people ordering them to stop taking water for irrigation.
A House panel passed legislation Wednesday designed to speed up the federal government's study of five major water-storage projects in California.
As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state's giant economy.
Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region's water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions.
One of California's largest water providers moved forward Monday on a proposal that would reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought.
California regulators are speeding up water-efficiency standards for faucets and urinals in response to the drought.
In response, state regulators have drafted plans that show how much each community has conserved and assigns mandatory water reduction targets of up to a third to each one. The highest targets are set for those that use the most water.
Water Board members have approved a plan for lawn watering only three days a week for Bakersfield residents.
Californians' efforts to save water in the face of a devastating drought have hit a new low, as statistics released Tuesday showed residents did less to curtail their water use in February than they had in any other month since officials began tracking conservation efforts.
What a lot of people don't know is that some of the food we sell on a global market - sometimes even marketed as "organic" - is grown using oil wastewater.
Less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 25 percent reduction to the state's overall water usage, Eyewitness News has started to see more water waste here in Bakersfield.