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More Water Restrictions Likely as California Pledges to Cut Use of Colorado River Supply

With the Colorado River in crisis and reservoir levels continuing to decline, California water agencies that depend on the river are planning to significantly reduce their use of water from the river starting next year. As a result, officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said they plan to endorse mandatory conservation measures next year to begin rationing water for cities and local agencies that supply 19 million people across six counties.

California Considers $500 Fines for Water Wasters as Drought Worsens, Conservation Lags

As California descends deeper into drought, officials are growing increasingly troubled by dwindling water supplies and the public’s lackluster response to calls for conservation, with residents in recent months falling short of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for a voluntary 15% reduction in usage.

Now, as the West tips toward crisis, state water regulators are considering adopting emergency regulations that will prohibit certain actions in an attempt to curtail water waste and help conserve supplies.

If approved, the proposal could usher in a wave of water regulations that hearken back to previous droughts while underscoring the seriousness of the current one.

Livermore City Council Sets Mandatory Watering Limits

Residents and property owners must now follow immediate citywide changes to watering and irrigation in the wake of this week’s City Council water shortage emergency declaration.

According to a city release, the council’s declaration Monday night goes into effect immediately and is intended to limit water use by 15 percent compared to last year, in part by limiting landscaping to three times a week at most.

Roseville Drought Declaration Establishes Watering Days, Enforcement Measures

Beginning this past Monday, Roseville residents are required to reduce water use by 20 percent.

The mandatory conservation requirement builds upon the 10-percent voluntary water use reduction announced in May and recognizes that the water supply outlook is stressed at Folsom Lake and throughout California.