The emergency water convservation for California were adpoted on July 15 and went into affect on July 29th. California is experiencing its 4th consequetive year of drought and the writing was on the wall since the volunteary conservations measures did not help much
So, there will be serious restrictions on the use of water for California home owners. Four main provisions of California’s new emergency measure are:
“To promote water conservation, each of the following actions is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency:
1) The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property , non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
2)The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
3)The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and
4) The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
The news provisions also requires fines up to $500 a day for viollators. Ironically some of the Water districts like Santa Cruz, are offering violators educational opportunity to take a class and avoid these hard penalties.
While we agree in principal with these measures to conserve water, but we hope the rest of the violators including businesses and large farmers will comply with the new reporting requirements as well.