California new water law makes it illegal to take a shower and wash a load of laundry in the same day
California’s new water law makes it illegal to take a shower and wash a load of laundry in the same day. It will be impossible because of a restriction on the gallons of water that can be used in a single day. New restrictions to take effect by 2020 will limit the use of water to 50 gallons per day.
California Governor Jerry Moonbeam Brown signed two laws that will put tighter restrictions on water usage than during the states 5 year drought.
According to the San Jose Mercury News Brown issued a press statement that a changing environment means the state must begin to conserve water resources in preparation for the next drought. Brown started: “We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”
California’s new water law AB 1668 will require California’s urban water districts, large agricultural water districts and municipal governments to develop plans for strict annual water budgets by January 1, 2020; start implementing long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022; and achieve their assigned water rationing goals beginning in 2027.
The states Water Resources Control Board in coordination with the Department of Water Resources now has the authority to set much more aggressive mandatory water use levels based according to three factors: 1) an initial indoor water allowance of 55 gallons per person per day — dropping to 50 gallons by 2030; 2) an outdoor residential amount set by regional climates and; 3) a set standard for systemwide pipe leak losses.
Californians are leaving the state in record numbers the reasons cited are high housing cost and taxes. California’s new water law will not help retain the states residents. Now not only do they have high taxes, expensive housing but residents cannot do laundry and shower in the same day.