Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, on May 9, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices.
“Californians stepped up during this drought and saved more water than ever before,” said Governor Brown. “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.”
As a result of the executive order, the State Water Board will permanently prohibit practices that waste potable water, including:
* Hosing down hardscapes (patios, sidewalks, etc.)
* Not using a shut-off nozzle when washing cars
* Not recirculating the water in a decorative fountain
* Visible signs of runoff when watering lawns
* Watering within 48 hours of a measurable rain event
* Irrigating lawns located within public street medians.
California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions. Recognizing these new conditions, the executive order directs permanent changes to use water more wisely and efficiently, and prepare for more frequent, persistent periods of limited supply.