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Monday, June 4, 2018
New California Law Limits How Much Water People Can Use
Ed. Toilet rebates!! Now if THAT doesn't make people want to move to California, I don't know what will!
There will soon be
more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers with a new law signed in by the
California is now the
first state in the nation to enact tough new water-efficiency standards. The
controversial rules limit how many gallons a person can use inside their home
“So that everyone in
California is at least integrating efficiency into our preparations for climate
change,” said Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.
So, what are the new
In 2022, the new
indoor water standard will be 55 gallons per person, per day. by 2030, it will
fall to 50 gallons.
“With a child and
every day having to wash clothes, that’s, just my opinion, not feasible. But I
get it and I understand that we’re trying to preserve…but 55 gallons a day?”
said Tanya Allen, who has a 4-year-old daughter.
Just how many gallons
do household chores take?
An 8-minute shower
uses about 17 gallons of water, a load of laundry up to 40, and a bathtub can
hold 80 to 100 gallons of water.
“She likes to bathe
three times a day and she does laundry all day,” said Rocka Mitchell from
He and his wife
Ginger are living in Sacramento for work and say it would be hard to conserve.
“I couldn’t do it. My
family is way too large,” she said.
with water-efficient fixtures could help cut back.
“I think the average
new home is 35 gallons per person per day, so we are not talking emergency
conservation here,” Marcus said.
Greg Bundesen with
the Sacramento Suburban Water District says they already assist customers.
So when will Californians have to DRINK it too?
“We offer toilet
rebates, we offer complementary showerheads, we offer complementary faucets,”
The new laws also
require water districts to perform stress tests of their water supply and curb
loss due to leaks.
“Right now we lose up
to 30 percent of urban water just to leaks in the system,” Marcus said.
fixing those leaks and educating residents is the key.
“Some people may not
be aware that you’re going to use a lot more water in a bath and you wouldn’t
shower and it’s our job to make sure they’re informed,” Bundesen said.
Water districts who
don’t comply face fines up to $10,000 a day.
The ultimate goal is
to make conservation a way of life in California. Outdoor water use is also
covered by the new laws.
Standards will be
based on a region’s climate and other factors instead of just one standard for
the whole state.