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Posted by: News_Desk on 02/09/2017 09:34 AM Updated by: News_Desk on 02/09/2017 09:34 AM
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State Water Board Continues Water Conservation Regulations, Prohibitions Against Wasting Water

Sacramento, CA...Yesterday the State Water Resources Control Board extended its existing water conservation regulations, which prohibit wasteful practices such as watering lawns right after rain and set a conservation mandate only for water suppliers that do not have enough water reserves to withstand three more dry years.

“These regulations have helped Californians rise to the occasion and show what they can do with conservation, while providing flexibility based on differing local water supply conditions across the state,” said Chair Felicia Marcus. “We are beyond happy that water conditions continue to improve this year, but the rainy season isn’t over yet and some areas of the state
continue to suffer significant drought impacts. As glorious as the first half of the season has been, we know that weather can change quickly, and vary depending on where you are, so it is most prudent to wait a bit longer until close of the rainy season to take stock of the statewide situation and decide what to do next.”

While many parts of the state have benefited from this year’s rain and snow, other areas continue to experience the effects of drought, including Central Valley communities that still depend on water tanks and bottled water. Groundwater, the source of at least a third of California’s water supplies, remains significantly depleted in many areas. California has undergone more than five years of extreme drought with significant impacts to communities, agriculture, and fish and wildlife.

Today’s decision maintains existing conservation rules, which transitioned away from specific state-mandated conservation standards last May for urban water suppliers that could demonstrate they have enough water reserves to withstand an additional three dry years. The majority of suppliers passed this “stress test” and have not been subject to state conservation mandates. Under the extended regulation, urban water suppliers that didn’t take or didn’t pass the “stress test” and have been subject to state-set standards are given an opportunity to update their analysis.

Today’s extension also keeps in place monthly reporting of water use by urban water agencies, and reasonable prohibitions against wasteful practices such as watering lawns within 48 hours of a rainstorm, hosing off sidewalks and driveways, or overwatering landscaping to the point where water runs into the streets. Prohibitions also remain against homeowners associations taking action against homeowners trying to conserve during a declared drought, and those prohibitions are extended to cities and municipalities. The rules had been set to expire Feb. 28.

The Board also heard a report today on the statewide water savings for December 2016, which
was 20.6 percent compared with water use in December 2013, an increase from both
November 2016’s 18.9 percent savings and December 2015’s 18.2 percent statewide savings.
Cumulative statewide savings for June 2015 through December 2016 remains at 22.5 percent.
Since June 2015, 2.43 million acre-feet of water have been saved — enough to supply more
than 12 million people, close to a third of the state’s population, for a year. For more
information, see the fact sheet found here.

For more information on the regulation extension, please see the fact sheet found here. While water supplies have improved in many areas, the state’s five-year drought has underscored the need for permanent improvements in California’s long-term efficient water use and drought preparedness, as called for in Governor Brown’s May 2016 Executive Order, which set in motion new programs to make water conservation a way of life in California. As a result of that order, the State Water Board and other State agencies released a draft plan that shifts from statewide mandatory water restrictions toward a set of long-term water-use efficiency standards that reflect California’s diverse climate, landscape, and demographic conditions. The plan also calls for permanently prohibiting wasteful practices, regular reporting by water suppliers, tightening up leaky systems, and strengthening plans for water shortages. These actions will help to ensure all communities have sufficient water supplies and are conserving water regardless of the conditions of any one year.

To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visitDrought.CA.Gov.

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Water Savings Account
Posted on: 2017-02-09 09:55:04   By: Anonymous
Water should not be wasted, if you espouse water waste you are a fool.
Yes, we have 200% of our normal precipitation this year, next year if history is true, we could have drought again.Typically, Ca has a 7 year cycle- 1,2 "wet years", then 4-5 years below normal, a.k.a.drought.

Prudent folks have a savings account , it's the same with water.
Water conservation measures should remain in place.

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    Re: Water Savings Account
    Posted on: 2017-02-09 10:08:31   By: Anonymous
    It's ALL about CONTROL. It is all about maintaining their extra powers. They will continue it as long as they can.

    Can you imagine how much water we would now have in reservoirs if we had sufficient reservoirs? But California doesn't need reservoirs. It needs a bullet train!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-09 10:23:31   By: Anonymous
Why are the major urban areas along the coast not using desalination to provide their water? It is not for a lack of money, that is for sure. Entire countries in the middle-east use desalination to provide their water, seems as though our coastal cities could too.

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    Posted on: 2017-02-09 10:34:18   By: Anonymous
    California has an unlimited supply of water just west of it. It is called the Pacific Ocean. But as of now the state has only approved the construction of just one single plant in Carlsbad (which can supply San Diego with about 7% of its water needs).

    I have read that a single plant built in Santa Barbara would be able to meet 30% of that city's demand.

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      Posted on: 2017-02-09 10:58:41   By: Anonymous
      Desalination is very expensive, and cannot supply the amount of water needed in the amount needed for large metropolitan areas unless you wish to pay high prices for it.
      The waste product also is difficult to dispose of, without causing a pollution problem .

      Some Internet research will give you the facts, if you are a fact based person.

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        Re: Desalination
        Posted on: 2017-02-09 11:37:35   By: Anonymous
        make those who choose live in large metros pay for their costs of living there.

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          Re: Desalination
          Posted on: 2017-02-09 11:39:16   By: Anonymous
          bingo, why should rural America be forced to subsidize the metro areas? Since they dispize us let them at least pay their own way

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            Re: Desalination
            Posted on: 2017-02-09 12:08:54   By: Anonymous
            I'm sure CA cities are subsidizing us. Rural counties use up much more money for roads and other infrastructure than our taxes pay for. The millionaires and billionaires mostly live in and pay taxes in cities.

            This is just one reason the State of Jefferson idea is stupid. We'd be worse off than Mississippi.

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              Re: Desalination
              Posted on: 2017-02-09 12:31:18   By: Anonymous
              These would be good numbers to see.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-02-09 11:13:48   By: Anonymous
haha stupid city people using city water

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    Posted on: 2017-02-09 11:40:26   By: Anonymous
    the problem is they are using our water not their water

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      Posted on: 2017-02-09 12:10:58   By: Anonymous
      Socal abuses water. Look at the lush green lawns out in the desert.

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