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California Adopts First Permanent Statewide Water Conservation FrameworkThe water supply cuts will go into effect in January 2025, affecting hundreds of urban retail water suppliers serving 95 percent of Californians.

California has adopted a historic statewide water conservation plan, affecting hundreds of urban retail water suppliers—that serve 95 percent of Californians—to increase water savings by 2040.

The State Water Resources Control Board, a five-member agency made up of appointees by the governor, approved the new rules July 3.

Unlike temporary emergency water usage rules in the past, these new regulations are permanent.

The board said in a press release that their strategy in implementing the new measures is to address a 10 percent water supply shortfall they anticipate by 2040.

Starting in 2027, California urban water suppliers must calculate how much water it can allocate to users based on residential indoor and outdoor water use. How much commercial, institutional, and industrial landscapes can use will be based on irrigation meters.  
The regulations are expected to preserve water supplies amid what the board describes as hotter and

The rules go into effect in January 2025, but water suppliers have until 2027 to get up to speed with compliance.

The amounts to suppliers will also take other factors like population, landscape area, and climate into consideration.

The so-called “water budgets” may allow variances for “unique uses,” such as raising livestock or supplementing ponds and lakes. This means some areas’ water budgets may be increased based on their average demand for water.

The goal of the adopted framework is to cut extra water usage by capping what suppliers can provide, which board officials said should lead to more water storage.

The board projects these new regulations will produce around 500,000 acre-feet of water savings annually by 2040, which is enough to supply 1.4 million households for one year.

According to the water board, California needed a better framework for water usage because “severe” swings between wet and dry weather cycles have made water supplies vulnerable.

“Today is an exciting and historic moment for California because we have now formalized water conservation as a way of life,” water board chair Joaquin Esquival said in a statement.

The new rules stem from the passage of Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606 in 2018. The bills provided requirements for suppliers, enforced by the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board, and affect agricultural water suppliers, rural communities, and drought planning, according to the Association of California Water Agencies, a policy advocacy group. 

 

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