AB 349 (Gonzalez)– AB 349 limits HOA authority to prohibit low-water-use landscapes. The bill makes unenforceable any HOA provision that prohibits the “use of low water-using landscapes that require an amount of water that is not more than the amount of water required by low water-using plants,” or that contradicts local water-efficient landscaping ordinances or regulations. This bill classifies synthetic turf as a viable low-water use landscape.
AB 434 (Garcia) – AB 434 requires the state board to adopt regulations governing the use of point-of-entry and point-of-use treatment by a public water system in lieu of centralized treatment where it can be demonstrated that centralized treatment is not immediately economically feasible, with specified limitations.
AB 606 (Levine) – AB 606 requires the Department of General Services to reduce water consumption and increase water efficiency when replacing or adding to landscaping on public properties. Strategies to achieve this mandate include the use of drought-tolerant plants, irrigation system upgrades, and the use of recycled water.
AB 1531 (Alejo) – AB 1531, among other actions, expands the definition of “public agency” to include a municipality, as defined in the federal act. The bill extends the authorization to borrow money and incur indebtedness to cities, counties, and special districts that provide or intend to provide water treatment facilities or services and for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund or the California Safe Drinking Water Act.
AB 1164 (Gatto) – AB 1164 protects homeowners from local government restrictions on water efficient landscape installations by prohibiting local governments from banning water efficient landscapes including artificial turf.
AB 2067 (Weber) – The bill requires an urban retail water supplier and an urban wholesale water supplier to provide narratives describing the supplier’s water demand management measures, as provided. The bill requires, for urban retail water suppliers, the narrative to address the nature and extent of each water demand management measure implemented over the past 5 years and describe the water demand management measures that the supplier plans to implement to achieve its water use targets. The bill requires each urban water supplier to submit its 2015 plan to the Department of Water Resources by July 1, 2016.
AB 2104 (Gonzalez) – Under AB 2104, Home Owner’s Associations (HOAs) may continue to provide rules for outdoor landscaping but are prohibited from penalizing homeowners who opt to replace their lawns with or integrate low-water using plants in their landscape. This law was effective as of January 1, 2015, and does not require a drought-emergency in order for low-water using plants to be allowed. AB 2104 also includes language from SB 992 which protects residents from HOA fines against those who limit or cease outdoor irrigation during local or state-wide emergency drought status times. HOAs using recycled water for outdoor irrigation are exempt from fine restrictions during emergency drought times.
AB 2561 (Bradford) – AB 2561 renders void HOA rules that prohibit homeowners from planting personal or commercial edible crops in their front or back yard.
SB 88 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) – SB 88 will grant the state authority to consolidate water systems to serve disadvantaged communities where a clean drinking water supply is not available or reliable. The bill will also allow public water suppliers to impose civil fines of up to $10,000 for water conservation violations, impose new measuring and reporting requirements for water diversions, and suspend environmental review for certain drought-related projects.
SB 555 (Wolk) – SB 555 targets water loss reduction from leaks and breaks in urban water suppliers’ distribution systems by requiring them to submit validated water audits annually to DWR. The bill requires the SWRCB to adopt performance standards for the volume of water losses between 1/1/19 and 7/1/2020.
SB 664 (Hertzberg) – SB 664 requires an urban water supplier to include within its plan, beginning January 1, 2020, a seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan to assess the vulnerability of each of the various facilities of a water system and mitigate those vulnerabilities.
SB 985 (Pavley) – SB 985 requires cities, counties or special districts to develop stormwater resource plans that meet certain standards.
SB 992 (Nielsen) – SB 992, which is incorporated into AB 2104 and does not apply in HOA neighborhoods that use recycled water, prohibits HOAs from fining homeowners who reduce or discontinue lawn watering during a statewide drought state of emergency. SB 992 went into effect in September, 2014.
SB 1420 (Wolk) – This bill requires an urban water management plan to quantify and report on distribution system water loss. The bill authorizes water use projections to display and account for the water savings estimated to result from adopted codes, standards, ordinances, or transportation and land use plans, when that information is available and applicable to an urban water supplier. The bill would require the plan, or amendments to the plan, to be submitted electronically to the department and include any standardized forms, tables, or displays specified by the department.