Watering bans, conservation mandates on tap for regulators

May 5, 2015 11:17 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California water regulators are considering sweeping restrictions to enforce Gov. Jerry Brown's drought conservation order.

The State Water Resources Control Board is taking up a proposal Tuesday that would set unprecedented limits and create new regulations to save water.

It follows Brown's executive order to protect water supplies in the fourth year of drought.

Under the rules, cities could not use drinking-quality water for grass on street medians, and homeowners are encouraged to let their lawns go brown to meet their community's mandatory water-reduction target.

The local water targets have drawn the most attention, with some cities blasting them as unrealistic and unfair. They call for cities to cut water consumption by as much as 36 percent compared to 2013.

The regulations would take effect in June if approved.

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