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Water Conservation Portal - Emergency Conservation Regulation

Water Conservation Portal - Emergency Conservation Regulation

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Emergency Conservation Regulation

Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. These standards require local water agencies to ensure a three-year supply assuming three more dry years like the ones the state experienced from 2012 to 2015. Water agencies that would face shortages under three additional dry years will be required to meet a conservation standard equal to the amount of shortage.

As directed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Executive Order B-37-16, the Board will separately take action to make some of the requirements of the regulation permanent.

Extended Emergency Regulation Rulemaking – May 2016

Emergency Regulation Supporting Documents

Process to Adjust February 2016 Regulation in Response to Precipitation Since February 2016

Extended Emergency Regulation Rulemaking – February 2016

State Water Boards Adopts Extended Regulations for Water Conservation on February 2, 2016

Documents on Implementation of the Regulation

Emergency Regulations Supporting Documents

Public Workshop and Workgroup

Emergency Regulation – Effective May 18, 2015 to February 13, 2016



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