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California to Face More Permanent Water Restrictions

California to Face More Permanent Water Restrictions

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 6:18 PM

REDDING, Calif - California hit one of its hardest droughts in 2011, lasting six years.

But now that the drought is over, Californians will still have to prepare for new and more permanent water use restrictions.

The change comes after Thursday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law two water restriction bills that will not only restrict the amount of water you use outdoors but also indoors.

This means limiting the number of minutes in the shower, the times you flush, and even how often you do laundry.

So what exactly does the new law state?

The laws set an initial limit for indoor water use of 55 gallons per-person per-day in 2022, which gradually drops to 50 gallons per person by 2030.

Putting this into perspective, according to United States Geological survey website it means filling a bathtub uses 36 gallons of water, washing dishes by hand uses between 8 to 27 gallons, flushing a toilet uses 3 gallons and washing a load of laundry uses approximately 40 gallons of water.

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Which doing all of these can quickly add up.

“That is really difficult with a family to give kids baths and do laundry I don’t know how you can do that,” said Diana Spradly who was visiting her grandchildren who live in the state. 

But water officials in Redding say like many new laws it will take some time to know the true effects this law will have on the city.

With their biggest concern being, at this time they don’t have a way to monitor the difference between a residents water use inside the home and the use outside.

Adding these strict restrictions could also mean water rates will increase because the fixed costs for treating and delivering high-quality drinking water will increase and the amount of water sold will decrease so that will necessitate raising the cost of water to our customers.

But for some, it’s a challenge they’re willing to face for the better of the environment.

“The new restrictions may or may not be a little bit extreme but I feel everybody should take the steps to be more conscious about their water usage,” said Redding resident Olivia Arnaude.

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