Exceptional drought conditions result in Yolo County emergency proclamation

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Yolo County issued an emergency proclamation last week due to the exceptional drought conditions in the unincorporated areas of the county. Residents and businesses are being urged to conserve water.

An ‘exceptional drought’ is “characterized by dry wells, depleted reservoirs, and nearly dry surface water leading to insufficient water for agriculture, wildlife, and urban needs,” the County said in a press release.

According to the federal National Integrated Drought Information System, this past June was Yolo County’s driest June in the past 127 years and the eighth driest year-to-date during the same period.

“The severity of the drought in Yolo County highlights the need to take simple actions to conserve water to ensure sustainable water supplies,” said Chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors Jim Provenza. “As a community effort, we ask that residents do what they can to conserve water.”

The issuance of a local emergency proclamation will allow Yolo County to set rules, regulations and other mandates as deemed necessary to reduce water usage during this emergency to protect the safety of persons and property within the unincorporated areas of Yolo County, the release said.

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