California poised to tighten watering restrictions


By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

Millions of Californians soon may be forced to adjust their lives around a crucial timekeeping device in their homes. Not their alarm clocks, but their irrigation timers.

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday is poised to get even tougher on water conservation as California now seems assured of a fourth year of drought. The main focus of the proposal set for a board vote is landscape watering, responsible for about 70 percent of all urban water consumption in California.

The board is expected to order every urban water agency in California to limit outdoor watering to specific days of the week – for both residential and business customers. In many cases, this would mean only two days per week.

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  1. Dogula says - Posted: March 16, 2015

    So, will Lake Tahoe be forced to abide by the California restrictions, even though our water does not flow to California?
    Will southern California golf courses also have to abide? Swimming pools?

  2. duke of prunes says - Posted: March 16, 2015

    Are those serious questions, or are they loaded? Do you think you are smarter than they are and that they didn’t think this through?
    Like reasonable people, who know how old the earth is, they will prioritize areas based on available water supply and reach out to suppliers. They know that the entire state is not connected.

  3. Hmmm... says - Posted: March 17, 2015

    @Duke…I would hope that ‘the pup’ is referring to the truth that things are so politicized that real, effective water conservation is a chimera, and that attaining it will be a long haul. Since we are trained to NOT think about impacts beyond ourselves and our lifetimes, some people will attempt to buy their way to their lush greens and open pools, and let everyone else go to hell. Gotta try though.

  4. Perry R. Obray says - Posted: March 17, 2015

    Since So. Cal, and apparently the southern part of the central valley are the most challenged with water use (getting less water but supposedly using way more), maybe regional guidelines are in order. Seems ridiculous to over regulate the water rich areas just because Fresno and Los Angeles, ect… are miserable.

  5. Dontfly says - Posted: March 17, 2015

    Ban all golf course fairway watering…it will get rid of some pesticide spraying in the process!