In response to the last three dry years in California, the State Water Resources Control Board this past Tuesday approved a statewide emergency regulation to ensure water agencies and their customers increase water conservation or face possible fines or other enforcement. The new conservation regulation is intended to reduce outdoor water use, and if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, could go into effect as early as August 1, 2014.
With this regulation, all Californians will be expected to stop: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is outfitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. Additionally, landscape irrigation will be restricted to no more than 2 days per week. Click here to read the Water Control Board's press release on this issue.
Should the Board adopt this regulation, the City will be sure to communicate the implications to its residents using all available communication channels. In the meantime, please prevent water waste - visit www.SaveOurH2O.org to find out how everyone can do their part in conserving this precious resource.