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Posted on: January 13, 2020

Understanding New Water Conservation Laws


Recently a news story incorrectly claimed that individuals may be fined for exceeding a water use target of 55 gallons per person per day. The facts are that the law does not require individual households in California to meet a specific water use target. Recent legislation, Making Conservation a California Way of Life (Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606), does require the City of Santa Rosa to calculate a water efficiency standard by 2023. This standard includes indoor and outdoor water use and water loss, due to leaks, for the entire service area. Once the water efficiency standard is adopted, the City may be subject to fines if the standard is not met. Santa Rosa is committed to water efficiency and anticipates meeting or exceeding the standards of the new water conservation legislation. For WaterSmart resources, including free water saving devices, customer support, and rebates, visit

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