The California ISO issued a statewide #FlexAlert for tomorrow, July 9, from 4-9 p.m. due to extreme across the state heat urging consumers to reduce energy use to help relieve stress on the #powergrid. Read the news release: t.co/kaYxKU9wBb pic.twitter.com/fh12R8XJI4
— California ISO (@California_ISO) July 8, 2021
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) asked Golden State residents and businesses Thursday to voluntarily use less water as the state and other parts of the West continue to suffer a major drought and record-setting high temperatures.
Newsom said he would sign an executive order to encourage residents, “industrial commercial operations and agricultural operations” to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 15 percent.
The governor, who is facing a recall election in September, emphasized that it was a voluntary request, adding that California was “not here as a nanny state.” He said he wanted people to be mindful of water usage in everyday tasks like showering and watering the lawn.
Scientists have tied the ongoing drought in the West to climate change, stating that it has exacerbated record high temperatures felt in the Pacific Northwest last week.