Water Conservation Portal

Regulation on Waste and Unreasonable Water Uses

The State Water Board first adopted drought emergency conservation regulations in July 2014. Included in these regulations were prohibitions against certain wasteful water use practices. The Board expanded, updated, extended, and readopted the emergency regulations several times, most recently in February 2017.  Governor Brown ended the drought State of Emergency in April 2017.  In response, the State Water Board partially repealed the February drought emergency conservation regulations, maintaining urban water supplier reporting requirements and the prohibitions on wasteful water use practices. These remain in place until November 25th, 2017.

Executive orders B-37-16 and B-40-17 set forth actions to use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resilience, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning. To eliminate wasteful water practices that are not efficient uses of the state’s water resources, the executive orders directed the State Water Board to permanently prohibit practices that waste water. This rulemaking is part of a broader framework to make conservation a California Way of Life, a pillar of the California Water Action Plan.


Rulemaking Process

Meetings and Workshops

  • Notice of Public Workshop and Opportunity for Public Comment on November 21, 2017 | Video (available after workshop) State Water Board public workshop to receive input on Proposed Regulation.
    • The Board will issue formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Action pursuant to the requirements of the Government Code on or about November 10.  The rulemaking process will have a 45-day comment period that is anticipated to start on November 10 and end on December 26, 2017. Late comments will not be accepted.
    • Meeting information.  The meeting will be webcast.
    • Questions for participants (see workshop notice)

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