State Water Board adopts 25% mandatory water conservation regulation
With emergency drought conditions persisting throughout California, on May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation requiring an immediate 25 percent reduction in overall potable urban water use statewide in accordance with Gov. Brown’s April 1 Executive Order.
The Governor’s Executive Order required, for the first time in the state’s history, mandatory conservation for all residents and directed several state agencies, including the State Water Board, to take immediate action to safeguard the state’s remaining potable urban water supplies in preparation for a possible fifth year of drought.
The Vallecitos Water District has a reduction target of 24 percent. Since August of 2014 when Vallecitos' Board declared a Level 2 Drought Alert calling for mandatory water conservation measures, Vallecitos customers have been working hard to comply with all mandatory actions including repairing leaks within 72 hours, adhering to rules for outdoor watering days and times and eliminating runoff from irrigation systems.
Continued conservation is important as we move forward in these lean water times. We are all in this together and little actions do make a big difference. For water conservation resources such as a home water-use calculator, a 140-page digital flipbook “eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle,” and incentives on a range of water-saving measures, from rain barrels to low-water-use devices and appliances, go to www.whenindrought.org.
Click here for more information on the State's emergency regulations.