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CA State Water Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

‘The severity of this drought requires all Californians to save water in every possible way’

By Katy Grimes, May 25, 2022 5:38 pm

Did you know that the State of California has 436 water suppliers – both urban water retailers and wholesalers? These local water agencies and suppliers are now going to be pushing “more aggressive conservation.”

Tuesday, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 28, 2022 Executive Order calling on local water suppliers to activate drought contingency plans, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation to ensure more aggressive conservation by local water agencies across the state.

What this means is California has banned watering “non-functional” grass in some areas – commercial and industrial properties.

According to the State Water Board:

“The new regulation bans irrigating turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, such as grass in front of or next to large industrial or commercial buildings. The ban does not include watering turf that is used for recreation or other community purposes, water used at residences or water to maintain trees. The regulation also requires all urban water suppliers to implement conservation actions under Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.”

“In March 2022, the state’s urban retail water suppliers reported average water use statewide that was nearly 19% greater than in March 2020, lowering the state’s cumulative water savings since July 2021 to 3.7%. Yesterday, Governor Newsom convened leaders from the state’s largest urban water suppliers imploring them to take more aggressive action to combat drought.”

Level 2 actions often include things such as:

  • Limiting outdoor irrigation to certain days or hours
  • Increasing patrolling to identify water waste
  • Enforcing water-use prohibitions
  • Increasing communication about the importance of water conservation

“The severity of this drought requires all Californians to save water in every possible way,” said Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Board. “The regulation compels water systems and local authorities to implement a range of additional critical conservation measures as we enter the hot and dry summer months.”

You can read the details here.

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6 thoughts on “CA State Water Board Adopts Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

  1. The State Water Resources Board consists of just five unelected member bureaucrats who are making water allocation decisions for 38 million Californians. “The severity of this drought requires all Californians to save water in every possible way,” said Joaquin Esquivel, chair of the State Water Board. Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the Board by former Gov. Jerry Brown. He has a BA degree in english and worked for years as a legislative assistant for Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer. He sounds like a political hack? Why is he dictating water restrictions?

  2. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, and they do nothing to improve water supplies for storage for three decades.

  3. The last time there was a drought and Los Angeles enforced outdoor watering restrictions, 30% of the trees in L.A. died and the average air temperature rose 10%. This greatly reduced the absorption of carbon dioxide and production of oxygen. They never learn, do they?

  4. Ms Grimes….
    Why no discussion of Nestle’s and their free water courtesy of California, which they have no limits, no permit to take (expired years back, but not required to get a new one), with which they sell back in their pretty plastic bottles for 100% profit?

    …. unlike us slaves who live here who are told to take less showers and PAY through the nose for water to flush our toilets.

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