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  In response, the State Water Board partially repealed the February drought emergency conservation regulations, maintaining urban water supplier reporting requirements and the prohibitions on wasteful water use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 remained in place until November 25th, 2017.

As directed by Executive Order B-40-17, the State Water Board is conducting a rulemaking to prohibit wasteful water use practices. This rulemaking is part of a broader framework to make conservation a California Way of Life, a pillar of the California Water Action Plan.


February 2018
January 2018
November 2017

Rulemaking Process

Meetings and Workshops

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