California governor Gavin Newsom expanded an emergency drought declaration from two to 41 of the state’s 58 counties on Monday.
About 40 million people, around 30% of the state’s population, now live under a drought emergency that Newsom said is likely to expand.
“The hots are getting a lot hotter in this state, the dries are getting a lot drier,” Newsom said.
“We have a conveyance system, a water system, that was designed for a world that no longer exists.”
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