New California Water Rules

Jul 30, 2014 7:32 PM by Joe Moeller

The State Water Resources Control Board is trying to cut back on water usage state wide. Many are wondering how or if the rules are going to be enforced.

New state regulations make it illegal for people to hose down driveways and sidewalks, waste water on lawns, or wash cars using a hose without a shut-off nozzle.

Chico resident Bruce Welden thinks people should be fined for these violations.

"I am in agreement with it because we have a finite amount of water." Says Welden.

He says this could possibly prevent further drought problems.

"People have to act responsibly as citizens too and realize this is not an unlimited source."

The state is now taking action. He tells us he doesn't know what will change for him.

"I know I have heard there is going to be a $500 fine and I am not sure how they are going to enforce that unless it is your neighbor calling in on you."

According to Assistant Manager for California Water in Chico, Rosanna Marino, Cal Water's customers have nothing to worry about.

"Currently California water service is not fining people." Says Marino.

The states goal is to cut water usage by 20%. Marino says Cal Water's regulations have been up to par.

"We are adhering to the state water resource control board and what was implemented within our rule 14.1 which was approved by the California Public Utilities and that has been active since May 1st."

She says Chico customers are ahead of the curve on the state regulations.

"Since 2008 to 2013 Chico customers have reduced their water use by 20%. Additionally since the additional conservation that was called for earlier this year Chico customers have reduced their usage by 13%."

Redding Water Utility Manager John Wendele tells us there will be changes in Redding. He says the city will be changing from their voluntary water restrictions to mandatory restrictions and Redding residents possibly can first expect warnings before being fined.

Redding city council will meet August 5th at 6 P.M. to decide what the new restrictions in the city will be and when they will take place.


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