On April 1, the Governor of California issued an executive order to save water, increase enforcement, streamline government response and invest in new technologies – all in response to the worsening drought conditions statewide. The State Water Resources Control Board has been directed to implement MANDATORY reductions in water use by 25% (as compared to the amount used in 2013).
To achieve this 25% reduction, the order includes:
> Replacing 50 million square feet of turf throughout California with drought-tolerant landscaping (with funding available for underserved communities).
> Requiring campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use to also meet the 25% reduction from usage in 2013.
> Prohibiting new homes from irrigating unless it is a water-efficient drip system or micro-spray system.
> Implementing “conservation pricing” from local water agencies to discourage water waste, which includes surcharges, fees and penalties.
> Requiring monthly reporting of water usage, conservation and enforcement actions by local water suppliers.
> Offering incentives for new water-efficient technology including irrigation system timing and precision technology.
For the full executive order, click here: http://gov.ca.gov/docs/4.1.15_Executive_Order.pdf