116HOn July 15th, 2014 the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water is conserved in California during our severe drought. This regulation went in to effect July 29, 2014 and includes restrictions for all Californians as well as additional directives for water suppliers.

The details of the restrictions for citizens are as follows:

  • Driveways and walkways cannot be washed down with water
  • Outdoor landscape watering must not runoff on to sidewalks, streets, etc.
  • Hoses must not be used to wash vehicles unless they are fitted with a shut-off nozzle
  • Potable water cannot be used for fountains or decorative water features unless the water will be recirculated

This is a general regulation for the entire State of California. If your city or water company already has restrictions in place for its residents they should be followed in addition to these. Fines for violating any of the above can reach up to $500 per day. Do your part to not only avoid the activities above, but also conserve water in any way you can.

For more information on this new regulation please visit http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/factsheets/docs/fs072914manwaterreg.pdf

For more information and ideas on how you can conserve water please visit
http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ or http://www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm

For more information on water conservation legislature that impacts HOAs please read our previous blog article here https://www.gocompass.com/wordpress/?p=5195