As California’s severe drought continues, so do efforts to conserve what little water the state does have.
After previously issuing curtailment orders to some rights holders to stop diverting water from streams and rivers, the state has now turned its attention to conservation efforts among urban water users.
The State Water Resources Control Board will consider emergency regulations today that would place prohbitions on wasteful activities such as excessively watering a lawn in a manner that causes runoff, cleaning a car with a hose that has no shutoff valve, and washing down hard surfaces like driveways and sidewalks. Under the new rules, violators could be fined up $500 per day.
Water suppliers will also be affected by orders to implement mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use and submit monitoring reports to the state. The water board is expected to vote on the proposed regulations during its 9 a.m. meeting at the Cal/EPA Building on I Street.