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.
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.
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.
A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify
federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the
opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is
scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.
We hope the State Water Resources Control Board affirms all the
staff recommendations for emergency urban water cutbacks outlined
Wednesday – restrictions and fines on excessive landscape
watering, running hoses and rinsing off sidewalks. Such rules are
reasonable and doable.
A proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board, to be
considered Tuesday in Sacramento, would bar residents from
spraying down sidewalks, driveways and patios, watering lawns or
gardens to the point of causing runoff, washing cars without a
shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in fountains.
Urban water agencies across California would have to impose
mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under a proposed state
rule. Though a number of cities, including Los Angeles,
already have such regulations in place, most don’t.
State water cops on Wednesday announced unprecedented emergency
rules that, if approved later this month, would limit how
everyday Californians use water. Similar rules are already
on the books in Stockton and other local communities.
Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak
the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before
considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under
unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.
State regulators are on the verge of ordering tough water
conservation measures that include stiff fines for those who
refuse to comply — an unprecedented emergency mandate being taken
as a historic drought threatens the economic and environmental
vitality of California.
A move by the state to impose mandatory water conservation
measures on residents around California is poised to trigger
tough new restrictions on landscape irrigation and other outdoor
water use to preserve dwindling supplies in the now extended
Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin
hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions
being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a
day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a
nozzle on the hose.
From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:
In light of the unprecedented drought, the California Board of
Forestry and Fire Protection adopted emergency regulations to
conserve water for fish habitat and drinking water for
Californians. The regulations became effective June 19.