The unintended consequences of water conservation

Dr. Kurt Schwabe discusses the impact of water conservation on recycled water; Yorba Linda Water District GM discusses effects of 36% water conservation on his district During the recent drought, conservation mandates were imposed across the state with some areas mandated to cut their water use by one-third or more.  However, reducing water consumption by one-third means a significant reduction […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown Signs Legislation Establishing Statewide Water Efficiency Goals

From the Office of the Governor: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed SB 606 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and AB 1668 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards. “In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious […]

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PANEL: Legal issues associated with water conservation mandates

As the legislature contemplates how to “Make Conservation a California Way of Life”, a panel discusses some of the legal issues posed: How do mandates interplay with Reasonable Use? Could mandates be considered a takings?  And what about charter cities? In May of 2016, the Governor issued an executive order titled “Making Conservation a California Way of Life” directing the […]

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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on Water Waste Remain From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use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 … State Releases Plan to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life

From the State Water Board: As Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought state of emergency in most of California today, state agencies released a long-term plan to better prepare the state for future droughts and make conservation a California way of life. Building on the successes and lessons learned from California’s five-year drought, the plan establishes a framework […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown Lifts Drought Emergency, Retains Prohibition on Wasteful Practices

From the Office of the Governor: Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ended the drought state of emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices, such as watering during or right after rainfall. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could […]

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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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