The state of California will consider local recommendations to face the drought in May.
Governor Gavin Newsom decreed a "level 2" emergency after three consecutive months of drought by executive order. That level means that communities could set limits on water consumption.
"While we have made historic investments to protect our communities, it is clear that we must do more," Newsom said in a statement.
The governor proposes "to make saving water a way of life."
According to that executive order, the state Water Board will gather recommendations from each city and community this week and the end of May before issuing requests. Still, the measures will apply according to the specific circumstances in each area.
The general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Adel Hagekhalil, welcomed the governor's order.
Hagekhalil emphasized that conservation actions by local agencies "will help residents and businesses make these much-needed cuts and stretch reserves."
"Our drought emergency shows no signs of abating," Hagekhalil said.
He praised the local decision plan, as "each community knows best what measures will generate the most conservation for its residents, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach."