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Posted on: June 20, 2018

New Water Conservation Laws: How They Impact YOU

On May 31, 2018, Governor Brown signed into law two water-use efficiency bills that take water districts another step forward in implementing the Governor’s California Water Action Plan. With the new law, the indoor water use standard is 55 GPCD by 2025 then reduced to 50 GPCD by 2030. These limits are placed on indoor water use only. The 55 GPCD (and later 50 GPCD) will be determined as an average across the entire customer base, and NOT customer-by-customer individually. 

The average family of four uses 138 gallons per day, or 34.5 gallons of water per capita/ person per day (or GPCD). The majority of residents will not have to change the way they use water in their daily lives.

Water agencies are able to establish their own objectives for reducing indoor, outdoor and commercial/business water use, and adopt these objectives by 2023. If we do not meet these objectives, the State Water Board can issue an order requiring a specific conservation requirement by the agency. Any violation of the state limits on water use would result in a fine to the water districts, not the customer. 

The new laws require water districts conduct long-term planning like CVWD does with our Urban Water Management Plan, which is completed every five years. (The last Urban Water Management Plan was completed in 2015 and is available here.) CVWD also has a water leak detection program, another area of focus in the laws, which minimizes water loss by all customers. Water districts also receive incentives for taking advantage of recycled water, which accounts for approximately 4% of CVWD’s overall water supply.  

CVWD is asking all customers to continue being good water stewards and using water efficiently. Keep in mind that common household tasks account for the following amounts of water:
•Washing Machine- 15 gallons
•Bath- 40+ gallons (depending on the size of the tub)
•Dishwasher- 2 gallons
•Shower- 2 gallons per minute
•Toilet- 1.6 gallons per flush

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