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Long-Term Conservation Legislation
Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life - SB 606 and AB 1668
To better prepare for unpredictable droughts and climate change, the State is working towards a shift to conservation as a way of life. In May 2018, two long-term water-use efficiency conservation bills (SB 606 and AB 1668) were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The laws establish a more comprehensive framework for conservation and water use efficiency, including water use targets for water suppliers, like Ventura Water. The bills also include local drought planning and additional requirements for managing water for the future. There are no immediate impacts to Ventura Water customers and many details for implementing the new laws will be determined over the next several years
Once water use targets are set in 2022, Ventura Water will work to decide how to best meet the targets - through water-wise rebates, infrastructure improvements, outdoor watering guidelines and/or other efforts. In the meantime, Ventura Water will continue to offer rebates and services to help customers use water wisely, including incentives to remove your turf, free smart irrigation controllers and high efficiency sprinkler nozzles, free in-home water surveys, discounts on rain barrels, a recycled water mobile reuse program and more.
For more information:
- What is SB 606 and AB 1668?
- What are urban water use targets?
- How will the new laws impact customers?
- Will individual residents and businesses be fined for not meeting water use targets?
- Will it be illegal to take a shower and wash clothes in the same day, as reported in the media?
- How will local water agencies meet these new urban water use targets?
- How will the state’s water efficiency standards be calculated?
- Is it easy to limit indoor water use to 55 gallons per person per day?
- Will commercial water users be required to use water more efficiently?
Sources: Association of California Water Agencies and California Water Efficiency Partnership. Last Updated: 1/8/2020
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