The Willits City Council has declared a Phase V Water Shortage Emergency, due to drought conditions. It calls for the most stringent water conservation measures effective immediately. This means Willits businesses must reduce water use by 35 percent compared to last year and residential users can use no more than 150 gallons of water per day. All external watering and washing of hard surfaces is banned. Some modest watering of gardens may be allowed. The council also authorized the first steps to have an emergency supply in place within 90 days. They’ll likely dig wells.