How will the state’s water efficiency standards be calculated?

Water efficiency standards for indoor and outdoor water use are being developed through research and public input. The indoor calculation will initially be based on a provisional standard of 55 gallons of water a day per person in each household. The outdoor calculation is still being determined, but will account for local climate and the number of irrigable acres, including residential and commercial outdoor landscaping in the service area. Variances for special circumstances will also be allowed.

In 2025, the indoor standard is provisionally* scheduled to change to 52.5 gallons of water a day per person. In 2030, it is provisionally scheduled to change to 50 gallons of water a day per person.

*The state set the provisional standards based on national research conducted by the Water Education Foundation. Prior to implementing the final standard, the state will be conducting a study to determine an appropriate California standard.

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1. What is SB 606 and AB 1668?
2. What are urban water use targets?
3. How will the new laws impact customers?
4. Will individual residents and businesses be fined for not meeting water use targets?
5. Will it be illegal to take a shower and wash clothes in the same day, as reported in the media?
6. How will local water agencies meet these new urban water use targets?
7. How will the state’s water efficiency standards be calculated?
8. Is it easy to limit indoor water use to 55 gallons per person per day?
9. Will commercial water users be required to use water more efficiently?