Sacramento, CA – Today, the State Water Resources Control Board approved state emergency water restrictions that carry a hefty fine. The ban calls for all Californians to stop wasting water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses or face fines of up to $500 per day.
“We are facing the worst drought impact that we, or our grandparents, have ever seen,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “And, more important, we have no idea when it will end. The least that urban Californians can do is to not waste water on outdoor uses. It is in their self-interest to conserve more, now, to avoid far more harsh restrictions, if the drought lasts into the future. These regulations are meant to spark awareness of the seriousness of the situation, and could be expanded if the drought wears on and people do not act.”
The board has estimated that the restrictions could save enough water to supply more than 3.5 million people a year. The board issued a report earlier today stating water consumption was up in the state by one percent, even with Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a 20 percent reduction. The new restrictions are slated to go into effect August 1. The emergency measures will remain in effect for 270 days. However, the Board has the power to extend the ban if drought conditions continue.