Gov. Brown Meets With SoCal Water Officials to Discuss State’s Drought

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday met with “more than a dozen water leaders from across Southern California” to discuss the state’s water crisis, his office said in a statement.

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Gov. Jerry Brown spoke briefly before meeting privately with Southern California water officials on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The meeting, held at Metropolitan Water District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, came almost one week after Brown officially declared a statewide drought emergency.

On Wednesday, the governor spoke by phone with President Barack Obama, who pledged assistance from the federal government.

As California prepares for what experts say may be the state’s driest year on record, Brown has asked fire agencies to hire more firefighters, and he encouraged residents to use 20 percent less water.

“It’s voluntary now, but we’ll keep monitoring the situation every day,” Brown said Thursday, before he and the water officials met in closed session.

“Don’t flush more than you have to,” he said. “But, yeah, don’t shower more than you need to. Turn the water off when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth – just a few simple suggestions.”