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270 days of Overwatering is Out
As of Tuesday the State implemented emergency water-conservation measures. The new rules target “outdoor urban water use” and are specifically designed to stop:
- Washing down driveways and sidewalks;
- Watering of outdoor landscapes that causes runoff;
- Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle* without a shut-off nozzle; and
- Using water in a fountain unless the water is recirculated.
* As a reminder, even before these emergency rules, car wash water containing pollutants cannot drain to the streets and storm drains.
The emergency rules will apply for the next 270 days unless extended or repealed. Water users violating the new rules could face fines up to $500 per day under the State rules! The State Water Board has said it doesn’t expect too many tickets to be issued (and actually requires enforcement to be done at the local level), but hopes that the rules will encourage conservation and smart water use by making it clear how serious the drought has become.
Reminder: it’s pretty serious.
Sooo, let’s all make sure we stop spraying sidewalks, stop overwatering, use those shut-off nozzles, and be smart with our water!