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This is going to affect Californians.
California is in the middle of the fourth year of drought, and it looks like a fifth year is on the way.
What does it mean for you? Well…we don’t fully know yet.
Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the State Water Resources Control Board, said local agencies will receive targets for cutting water use based on how well they’ve done so far.
“You’re rewarding the early adopters … and you’re saying to the laggers, ‘You have to make a change,’” she said.
The water board will release draft regulations in mid-April to implement the order. It plans to approve the regulations in early May.
Most of the burden of enforcement will fall on local agencies. If they don’t follow the governor’s order, the state can fine them as much as $10,000 a day.
Many Southern California agencies are already taking steps called for in Brown’s order. For instance, under a turf rebate program administered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, spokesman Bob Muir said homeowners are planning to remove almost 89 million square feet of turf, the equivalent of more than 59,000 frontyards. It’s unclear whether Brown’s mandate for 50 million square feet of lawn replacement includes work already done by local agencies.
Similarly, Los Angeles already has a tiered water-rate structure to encourage conservation.
That comes from the Los Angeles Times. So the exact details of how this affects Californians will come by May when the Control Board actually writes the regulations.
Also (the rest of this comes from the Washington Post):
The governor’s order affects everyone from Hollywood mansion owners with emerald lawns to golf-course operators and homeowners with backyard pools.
Brown said the state will provide financial incentives to help replace 50 million square feet of lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping that uses less water. The state wants to increase its use of recycled gray water for irrigation.
Rebates will be offered to consumers to replace old appliances with new models that are energy efficient. Watering ornamental grass on roadway medians is banned. Golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes must cut water use immediately. And new construction developments cannot use potable water without installing special water-efficient drip irrigation systems.
Crop farms and other agricultural operations will not be affected, state officials said, because many have been hard hit already. Last year more than 400,000 acres were not planted as a result of drought, and 17,000 workers lost their jobs, said Karen Ross, secretary of the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture.
But farms must now take the added step of reporting “more water use . . . to state regulators, increasing the state’s ability to enforce against illegal diversions and waste and unreasonable use of water under today’s order,” according to the Brown administration.
Brown’s executive order is expected to go into effect in mid-May, after state officials develop regulations to give it teeth. Local water suppliers can expect fines of $10,000 per day for failing to meet the 25 percent reduction compared with 2013. The fines can be passed to individual violators who could pay penalties of $500, according to Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.