March 23, 1989
New York Mayor Edward I. Koch declared a drought emergency and announced tough conservation measures, including a ban on watering lawns. The city also banned all ornamental uses of water, such as fountains, waterfalls and reflecting pools, even if they recirculate the water. "New York won't be as green as usual this year," Koch said. "Tough times require tough measures, and the drought emergency will be a very tough time."