The California State Water Resources Control Board announced expanded emergency regulations to protect California’s existing water supplies. The Control Board said that more significant regulations will come if local water agencies do not set stricter standards.

The expanded emergency regulations include:

  • a complete prohibition from washing sidewalks and driveways
  • watering outdoors that causes excess runoff
  • washing vehicles with a hose, unless the hose has a shut-off nozzle
  • operating a fountain unless it recirculates
  • watering during or within 48 hours after measurable rain
  • restaurants can only serve water if customers ask for it
  • hotels and motels must offer guests the option of not having their towels and linens laundered.

Also, the Control Board created a minimum standard for outdoor irrigation restrictions. This is significant as outdoor irrigation represents 50% to 80% of all water use in some areas of the state. More information on water conservation is available.