New Water Rules in California


Do you live in California? If you do, you know we have been in need of water for the past three years. It was requested during this time that residents and business owners take water conservation seriously, and make changes in how they use water. Last year I wrote about some creative ways to save water every day. Unfortunately, residents and businesses have not saved enough water to make a difference, so now there are specific rules regarding it.

Paul Rogers writes in the Mercury News about these new rules. These rules are mainly for hotels, restaurants, and lawn watering. Though these rules come from higher up, the local cities and counties are the ones responsible for following through and enforcing these new rules, which could come with a $500 fine.

Paul Rogers states the rules as follows, which take effect on April 15th, 2015:

Specifically, the rules adopted Tuesday:

  • Ban all restaurants, bars and hotels from serving water unless customers ask for it.
  • Require all hotels and motels to provide signs in rooms telling guests that they have the option of choosing not to have towels and linens washed daily.
  • Ban Californians from watering lawns and landscaping with potable water within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Require cities, counties, water districts and private companies to limit lawn watering to two days a week if they aren’t already limiting lawn and landscape watering to a certain number of days a week. The rule applies to all 411 water providers with more than 3,000 customers in California, covering more than 95 percent of the state’s population. But there is a loophole: If water providers are already limiting days of the week, even if it is to three or more days, they can continue with those rules and not restrict watering to two days a week.”

Restaurants, and local jurisdictions are already starting to comply to these rules. Conserving water is very important. What are you going to be doing to help conserve water?

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