Gov. Brown Defends Order to Cut Water Use 25% in Face of Opposition

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With criticism of new conservation regulations pouring in from local officials, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders defended Thursday his executive order requiring a 25% reduction in water use.

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, gestures to Department of Water Resources director Mark Cowin, center, and Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys, right, as he speaks to reporters at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, 2015 in Phillips. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California. (Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, gestures to Department of Water Resources director Mark Cowin, center, and Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys, right, as he speaks to reporters at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, 2015 in Phillips. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California. (Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

“From everything I can see here, it’s attainable,” Brown said. “Maybe we can do more. Maybe we have to do it differently. We don’t do it all in one day.”

Brown made his comments in the Capitol after a meeting with business leaders to discuss the ongoing drought that spurred his unprecedented order for mandatory water restrictions across the state.

Tim Quinn, executive director of the Assn. of California Water Agencies, said there will be “a complainer here or there” when it comes to the new rules.

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