CHA News Article

Office of Administrative Law Approves Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Yesterday, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the State Water Resource Control Board’s emergency conservation regulation to achieve the 25 percent statewide potable water usage reduction ordered by Gov. Brown in his April 1 executive order. The emergency regulations are effective May 18 and will expire on Feb. 13, 2016. The Governor’s executive order required, for the first time in the state’s history, mandatory conservation for all residents and directed several state agencies, including the State Water Board, to take immediate action to safeguard the state’s remaining potable urban water supplies in preparation for a possible fifth year of drought.

The regulations also require commercial, industrial, and institutional users to implement water efficiency measures; prohibit irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf in public street medians; and prohibit irrigation with potable water, if it is not delivered by drip or microspray systems, outside newly constructed homes and buildings.

Effective immediately, all commercial, industrial and institutional properties that use a water supply, any portion of which is from a source other than a water supplier, must either (1) limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water to no more than two days per week; or (2) reduce potable water usage supplied by sources other than a water supplier by 25 percent for the months of June 2015 through February 2016 as compared to the amount used for the same months in 2013.

Hospitals should check with their local water agencies for specific requirements they may have. For more information on the emergency regulations, visit the State Water Board website.