One of the biggest problems facing California during its drought has been its failure to accurately measure water use, especially by farms. New regulations adopted by the state’s water board on Tuesday are a big step toward a solution.
Under previous regulations, farmers and other users who took water from the state’s rivers and streams were required to measure how much they took, but they could get around this rule by arguing that measurement would be too expensive. Around 70 percent of those subject to the requirement claimed this exemption. And while users with rights to draw water established after 1914 were required to report their water use every year, those with pre-1914 water rights only had to report at three-year intervals.
Source: Anna North, The New York Times, January 21, 2016