California farmers used water-saving methods in an attempt to meet a growing demand for water, and a drought in the U.S. may prompt more farmers to adopt the techniques, a state agricultural inspector said in a statement.
“As we continue to work to ensure that we can meet the demand for drinking water, we must be thoughtful in the use of our limited resources,” state agricultural commissioner Robert Horsley said.
The state Department of Water Resources is asking farmers to apply for an agricultural water conservation permit to use water conservators, according to the statement.
The agency expects to issue permits in the first quarter of 2019.
“The State of California encourages water conservation measures for water use, and has issued a drought declaration and declared a drought emergency,” the statement said.
“We are working with all interested parties to develop guidelines to implement conservation practices and to help farmers to meet their water needs during a drought.”
The state is also encouraging water users to conserve water by turning off their tap water faucets, as well as by cutting down on water usage by watering lawns or planting trees in fields.
California drought is making water a bigger priority than ever, says Texas Agriculture Commissioner David Zalewski.
The drought is having a huge impact on the agriculture industry, and farmers are taking more measures to save water, Zalewski said.
Texas Agriculture commissioner David Zalski speaks at a news conference in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 28, 2017.
Zalawski said drought conditions in the Texas Panhandle have forced farmers to be more creative in their water conservation efforts.
“If you think about the drought, the drought has impacted agriculture across the United States, but specifically in Texas, the impact has been particularly severe,” Zalewski said.
Zalsawski also said that some farmers are choosing to use their taps to water plants rather than using the faucet.
He noted that some Texas counties, including Galveston County, have reported a dramatic decrease in water use from water conservation to watering lawn.
The Texas Department of Agriculture has also reported a reduction in water usage and reduced soil water use in the past month.