State Water Board Nixes Flawed “One Size Fits All” Conservation Mandates

State Water Board Nixes Flawed “One Size Fits All” Conservation Mandates

May 25, 2016

Client Alert

Brownstein Client Alert, May 25, 2016

On May 18, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted new emergency conservation regulations that repeal and replace its prior drought regulations. The new regulations, which are effective from June 2016 through January of 2017, now allow local agencies to develop conservation standards based upon their unique circumstances.

These new regulations replace the controversial percentage reduction-based water conservation standard that failed to acknowledge the self-help measures that many communities had undertaken to make their water supplies sustainable and reliable even in dry-years. Here is how they work.

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