In January of 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency because the drought conditions in California were so severe. At that time he asked Californian residents to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 20%. Through a combination of increased rainfall and conservation measures, Gov. Brown was able to remove the state of emergency. However, it is important to remember that southern California is still listed as abnormally dry on the US Drought Monitor.
Prior to the state of emergency declaration, Chapman's Sustainability Department was studying campus water use and looking for ways to conserve water. Our efforts were successful and water consumption fell by nearly 50%