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“California could soon be fined for using too much water.” Californians are now being told that they will be fined if they use too much water. The fines will start at $500 and increase with every day that the person does not comply. Read more in detail here: californians.
(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – California citizens who do not save water might face penalties from the State Water Resources Control Board in the near future. The decision was made in light of the typically hot and dry weather in November and December.
OROVILLE, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: Lake Oroville, California’s second biggest water reservoir (2,359,720 acre-feet) supplied by the Feather River, is at 23 percent capacity and at historically low levels, affecting hydroelectric production, tourism, and agriculture. Lake Oroville is an important source of water for collecting and delivering large amounts of water through the Central Valley and into the Sacramento River Delta, where the California State Water Project (also known as the California Aqueduct) begins, transporting water to Southern California and all regions in between. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/George Rose) )
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On November 30, the State Water Board produced a draft proposing penalties of up to $500 for homeowners who squander water. Repeat offenders will face daily penalties, according to reports. If the proposals pass, they will take effect in January 2022.
Cities and municipal water agencies, on the other hand, would be free to use them.
The following are some of the suggested fines:
- excessive discharge from sprinklers
- rinsing the driveway
- Lawns should be watered within 48 hours after rain.
- Cars were washed without a shutdown nozzle.
- usage of water in non-recirculating ponds/fountains
Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a statewide drought emergency only months ago, and this news comes just months later. According to the Newsom administration, Californians have failed to save water at a 15% rate compared to 2020, preserving just around 5% of the total.
“I think we’d be alright if we simply did our bit as a community,” Azusa resident Kenia Duenas said.
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These emergency water restrictions, which are comparable to those put in place in 2014 – the last time California was hit by such severe drought – would last nine months and only be used in an emergency.
According to The Mercury News, the Department of Water Resources sought to make the 2014 adjustments permanent again in 2018, but was blocked by local water agencies who said the move would violate their water rights.
On December 23, the water board will accept public comments on the proposed modifications, with a vote scheduled for January 4.
For citizens of California, such as Toby Pruett of Azusa, this is a government overreach. “Right now, I don’t believe people care what the governor or anybody else thinks,” he remarked. “They’ve walked all over a lot of stuff.” “Really, you’re going to come up with a $500 fine for the drought?” it’s like.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California declared a regional drought emergency on November 10 as water supplies continue to decline. Since 2009, Los Angeles County has had a long list of water restrictions, but if the present trend continues, new measures may be required.
According to the California Date Exchange Center segment of the Department of Water Resources website’s Daily Reservoir Storage Summary, seven of California’s ten biggest reservoirs have less than 40% of their storage capacity reserved, and all but one have less than 50%.
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Here’s where you can learn more about the proposed emergency rules.