The governor of California, Jerry Brown on Thursday signed two new laws which will required cities and water districts across the state to set the permanent water conservation rules. He declared an end to California’s historic five-year drought last year even in non-drought years.
As per Brown, he said in a statement, “In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely. We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”
Brown has signed two bills, SB 606 by Sen. Robert Hertzberg and AB 1668 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman which state that it required cities, water districts, and large agricultural water districts in order to set strict annual water budgets and it faces fines of about $1,000 per day if they don’t meet them and $10,000 a day for drought emergencies.
The bill shows that each urban water provider required to come up with the target for water use by the year 2022 and agencies will be started to find who do not adhere to goals and it will be started from 2027. The targets will be given by the State Water Resources Control Board which is between now and then and it will vary city and county.
The new laws which are made states that the water agencies will need to offer more rebates for homeowners and business owners who have replaced the lawns with the drought-tolerant plants and by purchasing the efficient water appliances. The agencies can limit the hours and days of lawn watering which is even when droughts are not occurring.
According to the Sara Aminzadeh, who is the executive director of the California COastKeeper Alliance said that all water must be valued and with the energy, we would not want to give some incentives for the wasteful use of solar or wind energy.