On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued an executive order that lifts the emergency drought declaration, retains prohibitions on wasteful practices, and advances measures to implement permanent, long-term water conservation actions. In parallel, the California Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board and other state agencies released its final report, “Making Conservation a Way of Life.”
The foundation of the framework is focused on using water more wisely, eliminating water waste, and strengthening local drought resilience. There will continue to be a permanent ban on wasteful practices such as hosing down driveways, using non-recirculating water in a decorative water feature, and excessively watering lawns. Additionally, there will be increased support for resources and technology that helps detect water leaks, which can prevent excessive water loss. The framework will also consider developing local water budgets similar to those that the Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) already has in place.
The State’s plan to develop local water budgets further reinforces the approach that MNWD is taking to achieve water efficiency. Understanding the need to establish permanent, long-term water use efficiency, MNWD proactively implemented an innovative water budget-based rate structure in 2011, which encourages conservation by providing customers with calculated water budgets based on efficient indoor and outdoor usage.
MNWD and its customers have responded well over the years and have achieved extraordinary efficiency milestones, such as:
MNWD encourages its customers to use water wisely, and remain in their water budgets. The District also continues to offer resources, rebates and information to help its customers make conservation a California way of life.
Read more about the State’s plans here: http://www.water.ca.gov/wateruseefficiency/conservation/