On May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach that mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions. As a result, the local water retailers no longer face state-imposed, agency-specific conservation targets and the restricted watering days have been lifted for all local water retailers.
As of May 2016, the following activities are permanently prohibited by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB):
- No washing down sidewalks and driveways;
- No watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff;
- No washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut off nozzle;
- No operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system;
- No irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation;
- Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request; and
- Hotel/motel operators must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
Select your retailer to find out what conservation measures you must follow: