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Governor Brown issued mandatory water restrictions during California’s historic drought. On May 31, 2018, he signed companion bills AB 1688 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg) to create a permanent framework for statewide water conservation measures. The bills are intended to encourage conservation as a ‘way of life’ for Californians and help the state better prepare for future droughts and anticipated environmental changes. Retail water agencies across the state will be incorporating new standards in an effort to achieve mandatory water conservation goals.  What new regulations/requirements do these bills entail?  AB 1668 and SB 606 will require the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to establish long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022. These standards will include reporting requirements for indoor and outdoor residential use, commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) landscape areas, water losses through leaks, as well as other components.  In addition, retail agencies will be required to calculate objectives and actual water use by 2023, which are to be updated by November 1 each following year. Residential indoor water use will be limited to 55 gallons per person each day until January 1, 2025 and will be incrementally reduced over time. On January 25, 2025, there will be a decision to decrease the amount to (a) a number selected by DWR or (b) 52.5 gallons per capita daily. By January 1, 2030, the amount will be decreased to 50 gallons per capita daily. For more information on specific requirements, please click here.   What this means  Water suppliers retain the flexibility to develop enhanced water efficiency programs specifically for their communities in order to achieve local water use targets. The primary goals of this legislation are to encourage Californians to continue using water more wisely, eliminate water waste and strengthen drought resilience. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Oct 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM