In 2020 a California law imposes some real restrictions on your residential indoor water use

Great news—when the State starts enforcing the residential water restrictions, all Californians will smell like a landfill or San Fran.  In 2018 a bill was passed that was to be implemented on January 1, 2020—six days ago.

“The 2018 law will make it tougher to shower and do laundry on the same day due to restrictions that limit water use. The law signed by Governor Jerry Brown will limit use now to 55 gallons a day. And by 2025, it drops to 52.5 gallons.

This law may have made good sense to some in a drought year, but at least for the beginning of 2020, snow levels and water in reservoirs are not near any drought levels.

Gov. Brown signing AB 1668 sponsored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), will implement strict water use limits by January 1, 2020; long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022; and manage their assigned water rationing goals beginning in 2027.”

You will have a choice—to either wash dishes or take a shower—Oh, you can no longer have family or friends stay with you—unless they agree NOT to take a shower.  Once government enforces this law—how will they do that?  Simple—use too much water and the government will shut it off till midnight.  This is a great way to force folks to leave the State

In 2020 a California law imposes some real restrictions on your residential indoor water use

KUSI Newsroom. 6/6/18 

SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – The 2018 law will make it tougher to shower and do laundry on the same day due to restrictions that limit water use. The law signed by Governor Jerry Brown will limit use now to 55 gallons a day. And by 2025, it drops to 52.5 gallons.

This law may have made good sense to some in a drought year, but at least for the beginning of 2020, snow levels and water in reservoirs are not near any drought levels.

Gov. Brown signing AB 1668 sponsored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), will implement strict water use limits by January 1, 2020; long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022; and manage their assigned water rationing goals beginning in 2027.

AB 1668 impacts every person in California. This bill puts a limit on Californians indoor water usage that decreases more and more over the next 12 years.

The wording SB 606  of establishes a “governing body” to oversee all water suppliers, both private and public and will require extensive paperwork from those utility companies.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Governor Brown commented on the law saying, “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.”

The three main factors used in the new law are, “an allowance of 55 gallons per person per day for indoor water use – dropping to 50 gallons by 2030; a yet-to-be determined amount for residential outdoor use that will vary depending on regional climates; and a standard for water loss due to leak rates in water system pipes.”

The Organic Prepper, analyzed Governor Brown’s new legislation and compared it to common everyday activities such as showering, doing laundry, and washing dishes.

Here is what they came up with:

Now, if you’re wondering where I get my assertion that you can’t shower and do laundry on the same day, here’s some math:

  • An 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water
  • A load of laundry uses about 40 gallons of water
  • A bathtub holds 80 to 100 gallons of water
  • A dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water

There are also standards to be established for outdoor use such as landscaping, caring for livestock, and gardening, but those numbers don’t seem to be available at this time. Maybe Californians just get to wait in suspense to see if their chickens are allowed to have water on the same day as their vegetables.

If your daily water use exceeds the 55 gallon limit, there will be a fine for each violation day. The bill states:

(1) If the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years or during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency under the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) based on drought conditions, ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.
(2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.

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Comments

  1. How about that folks and you VOTED FOR DEMOCRATS.

    As the coastal communities increase the number of desal plants how does this make sense? This is another intentional expansion of government in your personal life.

    How about sewers that demand a basic flow rate to properly handle the junk. This iis like telling a land owner that they have to put low flow toilets in, and then said to keep the sewer operating they would have to put a water injector system that takes 100 gallons of water a week! More water then the old large tank toilets.

    I have this problem, it cost me $5,000 in damages because the sewer backed up with root intrusion that was encouraged by the “low flow” in the sewer line.

    Did the Democrats offer to pay me that plus inconvenience? Nope.

    Did Tax’n Jackson, Limon, Brown, Newsom or any other Democrat pull out their wallet? Nope.

    But wait theses are the same Democrats who want “Sack’m & Pack’m” high density infill that will destroy the reason people want to live in homes and Cali.

  2. John Steele says

    Keep voting for communists / Enviro’s.. They are going to use the Water Districts as enforcers..

  3. Totallyfedup says

    IF YOU VOTED FOR A DEMOCRAT IN CALIFORNIA THEN THIS ASININE NEW WATER RESTRICTION LAW IS YOUR FAULT.
    Keep voting for democrats you stupid morons and it will only get worse.

  4. Paint Brush says

    The communist regime is alive and well in California. The only way to rid this state of this nonsense is to VOTE THEM OUT! Elections do matter. Read about the candidates, their voting history, their philosophy before voting for any of them.

  5. Just another reason to be glad that we moved! Yes, we couldn’t take it anymore, and our relatives said ‘come on down’; so here we are in beautiful Florida

  6. This is bs. Not what the law says.

  7. You know , when a planned power shut down was forced on us here in No. Ca. a while back , it caught me unprepared with no generator. As a result of the outage we had no water . I bought 5 ,5 gal buckets and went to the boat ramp down the street and filled them to use for flushing our toilets.
    It took on average 20 gal of water daily to service our two bathrooms and that was skipping a flush for each use. I have noticed that ALL of these articles about the rationing do not include this necessity and for good reason. That being NO ONE can live under a 55 gal per day per person limit on water and this Dictator knows it. It is designed to fail so that we will be charged outrageous prices for water, the basis for ALL LIFE ON THIS PLANET. Water has been weaponized by this foreign Communist Government. We must remove these criminals from office THIS YEAR.
    From The Sword of ———

  8. The post is somewhat misleading about fines. They do not apply to individual households, but to urban retail water suppliers. Here’s the text preceding the clauses on fines & violations:

    SEC. 3. Section 1846.5 is added to the Water Code, to read:
    1846.5. (a) An urban retail water supplier who commits any of the violations identified in subdivision (b) may be liable in an amount not to exceed the following, as applicable:
    (1) If the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years … ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.
    (2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.

    Each urban water agency has a goal of 55 gallons/household as a system-wide average. PS Mag explains, “And water agencies are not required to ensure indoor water use hits the 55-gallon target, even as a system-wide average. Utilities only face a threat of fines by the state if they fail to live within their total water budget.”

    • Sylvia Zaleski says

      So, at the end of the day, who do you really think is going to pay for the fine? Obviously this will be passed on to the users.

  9. Tony Gniadek says

    They have been planning this for a long time.
    This is a Government that is no longer for of the people by the People. It is we talk you listen.
    It is a cancer of are individual freedoms.
    I have served on a water board. That is not there duties. They are to supply clean safe water.
    Seems like East Germany to me. Citizens turning in Citizens to the Gestapo.
    So if you clean up, do laundry, have landscaping, pool, hot tub or anything of you have personal enjoyment. That uses water You are going to be labeled a criminal.
    I left my Feces in San Francisco were little turds there are smell half way to the stars.
    This is what do gooders do. They find a cause put it on a pedestal.
    Say they are doing you right and if you do not follow in lock step.
    You are fined ostracized and imprisoned.
    It is being a backdoor way to extort money out of the populace for their transparent agenda.
    It is just another revenue enhancement scheme, for the bureaucrat’s to build on.

  10. The time has come for 51! Say no no more to tyranny, and join the State of Jefferson movement for the betterment of all Californians! SOJ51.ORG

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