BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Governor Brown has signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and to provide funding for better use of local water supplies.
The bills SB 103 and SB 104 provide $687.4 million to support drought relief.
The new legislation also calls for the Department of Public Health to adopt new groundwater replenishment regulations by July 1.
The bill includes almost $475 million in accelerated grant funding for water conservation and recycling projects. Another $15 million will go to communities running low on drinking water supplies while $47 million provides food and housing assistance for people in drought-stricken communities.
This is a huge step towards helping with the drought but Governor Brown is still urging Californians to conserve as much water as possible.
To read the full text of the bills click here .