Proposed Water Conservation Regulations Aim to Address California’s Drought Challenges


State officials say in response to the escalating challenges posed by climate change and the increasing frequency of severe droughts in California, authorities are introducing a comprehensive proposal for a new regulatory framework. The proposed regulations, being named “Making Conservation a California Way of Life,” seek to establish a strong foundation for sustained water conservation efforts and enhanced drought planning.

The new regulations specifically target Urban Retail Water Suppliers, mandating their involvement in calculating and adhering to water use objectives. Additionally, these suppliers would be required to implement performance measures for Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII) sectors. Furthermore, as part of the proposed regulation, these suppliers must submit annual progress reports outlining their conservation endeavors and achievements.

You can have a say and will have the opportunity to provide your input. The State Water Board has scheduled a public hearing for October 4, 2023. You can provide your comments during the hearing or in written form. By attending you wil also hear an overview of the regulatory timeline and process and presentations from urban retail water suppliers and other invested parties who will offer insights into the implications of the proposed regulation.

It is important to note no formal decisions or actions will be taken during the hearing. The state is only seeking to gather perspectives, insights, and concerns from various stakeholders regarding the proposed regulation.

The public hearing is scheduled at the Joe Serna Jr. CalEPA Building at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Remote participation options will also be available for those unable to attend in person.

State officials are anticipating more prolonged and intensified droughts despite recent wet seasons and aim to bolster water conservation efforts and strengthen drought preparedness through more regulations.