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SWRCB Releases Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking and the Emergency Regulation Digest for the Proposed Emergency Regulation that will be considered by the State Water Board at its May 5-6, 2015 meeting have been posted online at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml.  The Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking begins a formal comment period that will conclude on May 4, 2015 at 10:00am.

During this formal notice period, written comments must be received by 10:00am on Monday, May 4, 2015 and addressed to:

Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the Board
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comment letters may be submitted electronically in pdf text format (less than 15 megabytes in total size) to the Clerk of the Board via e-mail at commentletters@waterboards.ca.gov.  If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted by fax at (916) 341-5620.  All comments should indicate on the subject line: “Comment Letter – Emergency Conservation Regulation.”


Gov. Jerry Brown seeks fines of up to $10,000 a day for water wasters

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fine big water wasters up to $10,000 per day, one of two new efforts he announced Tuesday to battle California’s drought.

The higher penalties would be a sharp increase from the current $500 maximum that local water districts can now impose on residents and businesses.

The governor’s proposal, which must be negotiated with lawmakers, would also empower cities and counties to issue fines. Local governments would be able to enlist staff members to dish out warnings and citations, expanding the ranks of officials prodding Californians to meet conservation targets.

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-jerry-brown-new-drought-fines-20150428-story.html


EBMUD adopts penalty fees for excess users

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shoring up its drought defenses, the East Bay's largest water agency approved penalties for excess water users Thursday and stiff fines for water thieves.

Effective July 1, the penalties for East Bay Municipal Utility District households using more than 984 gallons per day will have the biggest impact in hot areas with big yards such as Walnut Creek and Danville. 

A household using 1,476 gallons a day would pay $40 extra per month in penalties. Homes will pay a penalty of $2 per each unit (748 gallons) of use in excess of the 984-gallon unit.
 
The penalties were approved on a 6-1 vote. Water officials said the penalties will help EBMUD meet a districtwide goal of cutting water use 20 percent. The 984-gallon limit is about four times the use for the average district household.


Big drought questions answered

Friday, April 24, 2015

Inquiring minds want to know, are we there yet? While the California drought is now charging into its fourth year, drought-reality has been a little slow to catch up. Our taps are still flowing, our sprinklers are still sprinkling and our golf courses are still the color of money. How bad could it be?

But Gov. Jerry Brown’s first-ever order for mandatory restrictions on urban water use makes the message as clear as the writing on your dusty windshield. The drought is real, and we really need to act like it.

Read the full story here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/24/california-drought-san-diego-tips/


Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

Friday, April 24, 2015

Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state's prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.

The bill, which passed unanimously, was filed after residents of several cities said they were cited for blight after cutting back on watering.

"It is completely irresponsible for a municipality to penalize its residents for conserving water," said Democratic Assembly member Cheryl R. Brown of San Bernardino, the bill's author.

Read the full story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/23/us-usa-california-drought-idUSKBN0NE2SV20150423

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