California Governor Jerry Brown announces New Rules for Water Conservation
A new legislation would penalize those in California who waste water. The legislation was announced by California Gov. Jerry Brown, saying up to $10,000 a day penalties are meant for those who flout the new law. The new law allows local authorities to enforce conservation requirements.
The new law was announced by Brown after he attended a meeting with a number of California mayors, including many from the Bay Area. The agenda for the meeting was the state’s drought response.
The proposed legislation means a new penalty of up to $10,000 per violation, a significant rise from over the $500 per day maximum decided in last year’s drought legislation.
The law also allows wholesale and retail water agencies as well as city and county governments to impose local and state restrictions. Staff can also issue citations, warnings and penalties.
Money raised from fines would be sent for local conservation efforts under the proposed legislation, said the governor’s office.
“These measures will strengthen the ability of local officials to build new water projects and ensure that water is not wasted. As this drought stretches on, we’ll continue to do whatever is necessary to help communities save more water”, said Brown in a statement.
Brown also made an announcement earlier this month about 25% statewide reductions in urban water use. The announcement marked the first such order in state history. Individual water agencies were left to decide on their own to determine how to reach that reduction. Each agency’s target for reduction was based on their current per-capita water use.
Fines of $10,000 per day could be faced by the agencies that fail to make the reductions. Many water agencies have raised concerns over new fines, saying they are too much to encourage water savings.
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