By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. The emergency regulations, which require some communities to trim water use by as much as 36 percent, were approved unanimously late Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board weeks after Democratic Governor Jerry Brown stood in a drying mountain meadow and ordered statewide rationing. "This is a community crisis," said water resources board chair Felicia Marcus as testimony began in a daylong hearing on the rules on Tuesday. "We want to get this as right as we can." The rules approved Tuesday, which will be reviewed by state legal advisers before going into effect, require cutbacks of 4 percent to 36 percent in water use, with communities that use the most water being asked to enact the deepest cuts. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. Brown, a Democrat, has defended the agricultural exemptions, saying that the state's farmers have already had to make do with less water as the state restricted supplies for irrigation amid environmental concerns in the drought. One of the main aims of the rules will be to cut back water used for ornamental lawns and other outdoor landscaping. San Francisco is required to cut its water use by 8 percent, Los Angeles by 16 percent, San Jose 20 percent and Sacramento 28 percent. At the high end, the cities of Bakersfield and Modesto in the state's San Joaquin Valley breadbasket and the affluent Southern California city of Beverly Hills will have to conserve by 36 percent. At Tuesday's hearing, numerous water districts complained that the regulations were unfair, penalizing residents for water use needed in their communities by agricultural and industrial users. Others said that their residents had paid extra for years to store water for use during dry years, only now to be told that they can't use it. The regulations also require water suppliers to report regularly to the state on their progress. Even the smallest districts would have to collect usage data and limit watering to two days per week. (Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
After Suffering Second Vehicular Accident In Months, It Looks Like There's Even More Bad News For Jay Leno
After having experienced two serious accidents in the past few months, Jay Leno got some more bad news.
- The New Voice of Ukraine
300 wounded Wagner mercenaries brought to hospital in Luhansk Oblast, but ‘doctors refuse to treat them’
Up to 300 mercenaries from the Russian mercenary company Wagner Group were brought to the 15th city multidisciplinary hospital in Yuvileine, Luhansk Oblast, but doctors there have refused to treat them, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff reported on Facebook on Jan. 29.
- NBC Sports Boston
Veteran official Eric Lewis wasn't above admitting his crew's mistake on a controversial play involving LeBron James in Saturday's Celtics-Lakers thriller.
- Patriot Ledger
The 8-month-old boy who was seriously injured inside his Duxbury home Tuesday night has died of his injuries at a Boston hospital.
- The Daily Beast
Mark Richards - WPA Pool / Getty ImagesGhislaine Maxwell’s family have released a bizarre photograph of two people in a bath at her former London home with photographs of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre stuck to their heads in an extraordinary attempt to discredit Giuffre.Giuffre claims that she and Prince Andrew engaged in sexual activity in the bath. Maxwell’s side says the photos show this is impossible.In fact, the somewhat insane photograph will do little to discredit Giuffre, not least
- WLS – Chicago
The Illinois attorney general and Cook County state's attorney are looking into a suburban window company that is accused of ripping off its customers.
- NBC News
An infant who was recently returned to his mother from an alleged kidnapping died Saturday after being rushed to the hospital.
Sarah Michelle Gellar said her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. wouldn't watch movies with her for 15 years after she spoiled 'The Sixth Sense' for him
The actress revealed on "The Graham Norton Show" Friday that she spoiled the movie's twist for her husband 20 minutes in.
- Commanders Wire
Which teams are heading to Super Bowl LVII? We make our picks.
- Eagles Wire
Eagles All-Pro quarterback Jalen Hurts arrived at the NFC Championship in an outfit inspired by PRINCE and social media reacted
- The Telegraph
Patrick Reed is involved in yet another rules controversy after the American declared that, despite TV suggesting otherwise, he was “100 percent certain" that it was his ball lodged up a tree in Dubai. His insistence permitted him a favourable drop and spared him a walk back to the tee.
Megan Fox posted a series of shots on her Instagram Story Friday, showing off a new blonde bob and her toned figure in a tiny orange bikini
- Touchdown Wire
The 49ers lost the football via fumble and Brock Purdy to injury
- The Telegraph
The King has reportedly asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to broker a deal to allow Prince Harry to attend his Coronation.
- Good Housekeeping
Paris Hilton had a baby via surrogate this week, and she also dropped photos of her toned legs and abs in a naked dress. She doesn't love traditional workouts.
A tweet from the Ohio Republican received a number of scathing responses online, with another critic simply writing, "oh shut up."
- Sacramento Bee
The 34-year-old was driving a rental car and looking for parking, police said.
Matthew Perry Has Been Honest About Drug Struggles While Filming Friends, But ‘Janice’ Actress Shares What Working With Him Was Actually Like
Maggie Wheeler, who played Janice on Friends, opens up about what it was like working with Matthew Perry amidst his struggles with addiction.
- Wrestle Zone
The Bloodline has officially fractured. Following his WWE Championship and […]
- Modesto Bee
Bee readers speak their minds about racism in Modesto housing, floodplains and George Santos | Letters