From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “It’s Our
Environment” blog, in a post by André Villaseñor:
Recently, I thought about water quite a bit while my daughters
and I were camping in Joshua Tree National Park. To survive three
days in the desert, we brought 15 gallons of water. We were able
to thrive on less than 12 gallons, including drinking, cooking,
On Tuesday, amid evidence that existing conservation measures are
not working, the State Water Resources Control Board took the
unprecedented step of declaring certain types of water waste a
criminal infraction similar to a speeding violation.
With rainfall this year at historically low levels and reservoirs
quickly dwindling, California officials on Tuesday approved the
most drastic measures yet to reduce water consumption during the
state’s increasingly serious drought, including fines of up to
$500 per day under some circumstances for watering a garden,
washing a car or hosing down a sidewalk.
The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted emergency
regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to
$500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair
Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal.
On the same day state water regulators approved daily fines up to
$500 for wasting water, scientists released a report saying the
drought will put a $2.2 billion dent this year in California’s
Facing a historic drought and rising water demand, California
regulators on Tuesday imposed unprecedented, statewide
restrictions on outdoor watering that include potential stiff
fines for those who refuse to comply.
Californians increased water consumption this year during the
state’s severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to
conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly
draining, according to a report released Tuesday.
In one of the most drastic responses yet to California’s drought,
state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day
for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing
vehicles and other outdoor uses.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
The drought is on and so is the California State Fair. This year,
the Save Our Water campaign is doubling down its messaging on
conservation by hosting two exhibits at the fair – one on indoor
water conservation and the other on outdoor conservation.
With no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, Marin water
officials are waiting to see whether state leaders will make the
move to allow local authorities to slap water wasters with
unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.
Some cities have strict rules for people who waste water. Others
have imposed mandatory cutbacks. But violators don’t face serious
consequences. Now, state water officials are proposing to change
that laissez-faire mindset.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and
California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
As the California State Fair kicks off today [July 11], Save Our
Water – a partnership between the Association of California Water
Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources
(DWR) – is encouraging Californians to visit its displays
featuring easy ways to save water inside and outside the home.
Staff from DWR will be on hand to help attendees identify
opportunities to conserve.
Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to
voluntarily cut their water usage by 20% to help preserve the
state’s already limited supply during this severe drought. But
sometimes, asking nicely doesn’t work.