California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will force water districts and municipalities to permanently adopt even more aggressive water rationing level than during the state’s 5-year drought, Breitbart reports.
Although he declared an end to California’s historic five-year drought last year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed two new laws that will require cities and water districts across the state to set permanent water conservation rules, even in non-drought years, Mercury News reports.
Failure by any water district or municipality to meet its 2027 mandatory water rationing goals may result in $1,000 per day fines in normal years and $10,000 a day during inevitable drought emergencies.
“Water has become a paramount concern as the BIA attempts to address San Bernardino County’s estimated housing shortage of 65,000 units,” said Carlos Rodriguez, chief executive officer of the BIA Baldy View Chapter in a prepared statement.
Orange County Water District, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts and the Water Replenishment District of Southern California all are recycling wastewater and adding it to ground water, where wells pump water, and after further treatment it is served to residential and business customers through existing pipelines.
The legislation establishes an indoor, per person water-use goal of 55 gallons per day starting in 2022, an amount that will gradually be dialed down to 50 gallons per day starting by 2030. Targets for outdoor water use will be set differently for each area taking into account factors like the local precipitation and climate zone.
Water conservation director for the Natural Resources Defense Council Tracy Quinn said that the combined daily indoor and outdoor water use has already dropped from 109 gallons a day in 2013, to about 90 gallons a day in 2017.
Californians coped with the most severe drought in the state’s modern history from 2012 through 2016. Brown declared the emergency over in April 2017 after one of the wettest winters on record refilled reservoirs across the state. Ventura Star News
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