News Alert!!: California: Mandatory water use restrictions in California effective today.

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News Alert!!: California: Mandatory water use restrictions in California effective today.

Mandatory water use restrictions for California, ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown, is in effect on Monday, June 1st, 2015 until February 2016.

According to the State of California, California is currently experiencing the most severe drought in over 100 years, and California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered the State of California to cut its use by 25 percent, which means that people in all communities are forced to make changes to their everyday lives; that includes watering of lawns, filling up pools, and washing your vehicle outside.

** Some of the activates prohibited under the restrictions include the following: **

– Allowing irrigation water to run off into a gutter, ditch, drain, driveway, sidewalk, street or onto pavement or other hard surface.

– Outdoor irrigation of landscape for more than fifteen (15) minutes of watering per day per station.

– This restriction does not apply to landscapes that utilize drip irrigation systems. Outdoor irrigation of landscape on rainy days.

– Excess use, loss, or escape of water through breaks, leaks, or other malfunctions in the plumbing system or distribution system for any period of time after such escape of water should have reasonably been discovered and corrected.

– Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, and other types of mobile equipment, unless done with a hand held bucket or hand held hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle for quick rinses.

– Restaurants serving water to their customers, except when specifically requested by their customers.

– Operating a decorative water fountain or feature, built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance that does not include re-circulated water.

– Operating a commercial car wash or laundry, built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance, that does not use re-circulated water.

– Operating a single-pass cooling system built or installed after the adoption of this ordinance.

– Hotels, Motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not launder towels and linens daily, except when specifically requested by their customer.

Those who don’t comply to the mandatory water use restrictions in California could face a fines; fines up to $10,000 per day.

Under California’s restrictions, every water service provider with more than 3,000 connections must conserve a specific percentage of their 2014 per capita use.

Each district is being asked to cut back by a different percentage, based on use in 2013.

** Document: Urban Water Suppliers and Regulatory Framework Tiers to Achieve 25% Use Reduction: **

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/docs/emergency_regulations/supplier_tiers_20150428.pdf

Due to the severity of these statewide drought conditions, on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown directed the State Water Board to implement mandatory reductions across California.

** From the State of California: **

– Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reduction:

http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18910

– California Drought:

http://ca.gov/drought/

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 the State Water Resources Control Board approved changes to drought emergency regulations which require agencies to impose specific outdoor water use restrictions.

** From the State Water Resources Control Board: **

– Water Conservation Portal:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/

According to the County of San Bernardino, in order to abide by these California’s mandated requirements, the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department Board of Water Commissioners authorized implementation of Stage IIA of the department’s Water Supply Shortage Contingency Plan.

The City of Needles discussed the mandatory water use restrictions for California during the a joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** You can read more about that news story at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– Needles, CA: Discussion over California Governor’s executive order mandating substantial water reductions statewide.

http://wp.me/p26goG-5wZ

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

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