Mandatory water regulation goes into effect

A mandatory water conservation emergency regulation went into effect Tuesday, according to the State water officials.

The new conservation regulation is for outdoor urban water use.

This regulation establishes the minimum level of activity that residents, businesses and water suppliers must meet as the drought deepens.

The regulation will be in effect for 270 days unless extended or repealed.

All Californians are expected to stop washing down driveways and sidewalks, having excess runoff when watering outdoor landscapes, using a hose to wash your car unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is recirculated.

Larger water suppliers are required to activated their Water Shortage Contingency Plan to a level where outdoor irrigation restrictions are mandatory.

Large urban water suppliers must report water use on a monthly basis to track progress beginning August 15.

Local agencies could ask courts to fine water users up to $500 a day for failure to implement conservation requirements of the regulation.

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