Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency in 2015 and asked all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. California was experiencing a historical drought and the state was challenged to meet its water needs the upcoming years.
Calendar year 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and conditions did not change for 2014.
In 2016/2017 the rain finally came and ended the "official" drought.
Water conservation is and will ALWAYS be important in California. We all need to do our part in saving water. Drought tolerant landscapes are great for California but also for your wallet!!!
THE CALIFORNIA DROUGHT IS OVER... FOR NOW
Attractive gardens and landscapes add value to our homes and bring years of enjoyment, but they also can consume more water than all other household uses combined. Landscapes can be both beautiful and water efficient. There are many simple things you can do to improve an existing landscape. Or, if you are more ambitious, you can design a new Water-Smart Landscape. Both approaches can improve the health and beauty of your landscape while saving water and lowering your utility bill.
Olive Trees are Drought Tolerant
Olive trees are highly drought-tolerant once established.
Olives trees (Olea europaea), hardy in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. They tolerate drought well, thanks to their sturdy and extensive root system. They are considered a great "water wise" choice for drought tolerant landscapes.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack melts in the spring and summer. It collects in reservoirs to provide about one-third of the water Californians use each year.
Many parts of California — including Sacramento and Los Angeles — marked calendar year 2013 as the driest on record.
River levels are low around the state.
These extremely dry conditions follow two previous dry years statewide.
Storage in the big reservoirs that typically help California cope with dry weather is well below average for this time of year.
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