CSAC Comments on State Water Conservation Plan
December 22, 2016
CSAC offered comments this week on the state’s draft plan for achieving long-term efficient water use and meeting drought preparedness goals. The plan is part of California water agencies’ efforts to implement Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 aimed at making existing water conservation requirements more permanent.
According to the Department of Water Resources, this plan, entitled Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life represents a shift from previous approaches and creates a set of conservation standards applied based on local circumstancesRecognizing California’s persistent drought, To implement this Executive Order,
Key water conservation efforts included in plan include:
- Permanent bans on wasteful practices, such as hosing driveways and excessively watering lawns.
- Technical assistance and financial incentives for water suppliers to implement leak prevention, detection, and repair programs.
- Collecting information about innovative water conservation and water loss detection and control technologies.
- Requiring agricultural water suppliers to quantify water use in their service areas and describe measures to increase water use efficiency.
- Full compliance with water use targets for urban water suppliers by 2025.
- Planning and preparing for continued and future drought and water shortages.
In addition, the plan specifically identifies CSAC and the need for improved engagement with cities and counties to improve drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities. While CSAC does have some concerns with potential new requirements for a county drought response plan, we understand that the ongoing drought has created a situation where many small and rural communities are struggling to meet demands with reduced water supplies. CSAC is committed to working with stakeholders and the Administration to develop reasonable and effective solutions to address this critical issue.
The plan was prepared by the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board, the Public Utilities Commission, Department of Food and Agriculture and the Energy Commission. For more information on the development of the draft plan, visit DWR’s website. CSAC submitted comments on the plan, and they can be found on the CSAC website.