California considers mandatory water restrictions

By From page A1 | July 09, 2014

The State Water Resources Control Board will consider ordering mandatory restrictions on urban water use, backed up by fines, during its July 15 meeting in Sacramento. If adopted, the emergency regulations would remain in effect for nine months. Prohibited activities would include:

— Watering landscapes to the point that it causes runoff to adjacent property, sidewalks, streets and other areas.

— Using water to wash hard surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways.

— Using a hose to wash a vehicle unless the hose has a shut-off nozzle.

— Using drinking water in a fountain or decorative water features unless the water is recirculated.



— Violations would be infractions punishable by fines of up to $500 each day. However, most cities have a sliding scale that starts with a warning and increases for repeat violations.

— Tickets could be written by any public employee empowered to enforce laws.

— Urban water agencies would be required to implement their water-shortage contingency plans to require mandatory restrictions on outdoor water use, if they haven’t done so already.

—Those agencies without a plan would have 30 days to begin requiring their residents to restrict outdoor irrigation to no more than two days each week or take other mandatory steps to conserve the same amount of water.

— Water suppliers who don’t comply could face fines up to $10,000 each day.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • Keith ScallyJuly 09, 2014 - 6:55 am

    Recently in San Diego for 4th of July celebrations. The UT News reported San Diego County has INCREASED their water usage by 10% since the voluntary water reduction was requested. Why hasn't California already implemented the mandatory restrictions? We have known about the drought for quite a while.

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  • JimboJuly 09, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    The state already asked for a VOLUNTARY water reduction and the so very over entitled's acted their usual way.

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  • CD BrooksJuly 09, 2014 - 7:39 am

    SoCal appears to be immune to any water restrictions. They blast through our gift of water to them and nothing is done about it. You see and hear about it all the time. Maybe that bullet train money could build them a desalination plant instead and we can turn off our faucet.

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  • cassandraJuly 09, 2014 - 7:40 am

    By putting fines won't make more water come. Why they want more money for to give it to people who just sit in a chair and don't do nothing.

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  • JimboJuly 09, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Fines = less water used.

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  • Rick WoodJuly 09, 2014 - 9:14 am

    I believe all of those restrictions already are in place in Fairfield, water shortage or not. Our city considers them water waste.

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  • patrickJuly 09, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Not to worry. Obama will print all the water we will need.

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  • JimboJuly 09, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Thanks to the Affordable Health Care Act, Obama neurosis is covered.

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