Making conservation a California way of life

Symposium presentation looks at the Brown administration’s proposed framework for water conservation After several years of drought, in May of 2016, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16 which directed the State Water Board, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Public Utilities Commission, and the California Energy Commission to take actions focusing on using water […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Rescinds Mandatory Conservation Standards

Reporting Requirements and Prohibition on Water Waste Remain From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices. The action by State Water Board Executive Director […]

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THIS JUST IN … Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August​

Water Suppliers Urged to Maintain Conservation Message From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible […]

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Webinar: Managing Drought: Lessons from Australia

A look at Australia’s strategies and programs that cut urban water use in half Australia and California, despite being on opposite sides of the planet, actually have a lot in common.  Australia, like California, is one of only a handful of regions in the world that have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by relatively warm wet winters and hot, dry summers.  […]

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Californians ramp up water conservation to 26.1% in April

State Water Board stresses need to continue water savings as drought persists From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today applauded a high-level of water conservation in April—a 26.1 percent reduction over 2013 usage—but reminded urban water suppliers that they must continue to make water conservation a top priority amidst ongoing drought conditions across […]

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This just in … State Water Board Adopts ‘Stress Test’ Approach to Water Conservation Regulation

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach that mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions. Recognizing persistent […]

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This just in … Californians Save 1.19 Million Acre-Feet of Water, Enough to Supply Nearly 6 Million People for a Year

California Achieves 96 Percent of Statewide Conservation Goal,  Narrowly Missing Governor’s Nine Month Mandate From the State Water Resources Control Board: Californians came just shy of meeting Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate for the nine months since mandatory urban conservation began. Statewide cumulative savings from June 2015 to February 2016 totaled 23.9 percent compared with […]

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This just in … Californians Save 1.1 Million Acre-Feet of Water, Urged to Stay Focused on Conservation

Despite Drop in the Cumulative Water Conservation Rate,  Residents Reduce Water Use to Lowest Per Capita Level Ever Recorded From the State Water Resources Control Board: “For the first time since June, California just missed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate in January, as urban water suppliers reported a cumulative savings of 24.8 percent for the […]

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This just in … State Water Board Adopts Extended Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Extended Regulation Gives More Flexibility to Water Suppliers to Meet Conservation Targets From the State Water Resources Control Board: With California still experiencing severe drought despite recent rains, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today adopted an extended and revised emergency regulation to ensure that urban water conservation continues in 2016. The regulation extends restrictions on urban […]

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Media call: State Water Board officials discuss the draft emergency conservation regulation

Yesterday, the State Water Resources Control Board released the draft emergency conservation regulation for review and public comment. The proposed regulation extends the requirements of the existing regulation but has modest adjustments available to respond to concerns suppliers have raised to the State Water Board since adoption of the first regulation in May of 2015. The proposed regulation is expected […]

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