SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The state of California is officially in a state of emergency because of our drought conditions, and some farmers are relieved to hear it.
Governor Brown is asking residents to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 20%.
Farmers how that means there will be more state water available to them.
Here in the county, Santa Maria Valley farmers are less affected because they rely on their own ground water basin.
But in other parts of the Santa Barbara County, reservoir levels are at record lows and the lack of water could force farmers to give up crops and lay off workers.
One farmer tells News Channel 3 the state of emergency will not only reserve water for them, it will spread awareness of our drought's severity and encourage everyone to be conscientious.