What is the real story behind California’s 55 gallons of water per day, per person? California Globe recently summarized some of the state Legislature’s most unforgettable moments in 2019, including some water laws.
California voters have approved more than $30 Billion in Water Bonds which has provided no new water storage, and water rationing on the horizon.
In water year 2019, which spanned from Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019, an amount of water equal to a year’s supply for 275 million people flowed under the Golden Gate Bridge and out to the Pacific Ocean. Rather than acting to build new, major, reservoir storage to capture all we can when Mother Nature brings us bountiful water for free, California continuously obstructs, and has even used the courts to block putting dam shovels in the ground. In fact, lawmakers recently enacted their own expensive and ineffective solution instead.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), authored two new mandatory water rationing bills. Senate Bill 606, and Assembly Bill 1668, were easily passed along party lines, signed into law, and will gradually keep ratcheting indoor water use down over the next 10 years, until it reaches 50 gallons per person per day. Unlike expanded reservoirs that capture additional new water to meet the current and future water needs of a growing population, Californians will adapt to living water poor. The cost of the new regulatory body, and added level of bureaucracy necessary to enforce these rationing laws, will be passed on to taxpayers. Water rates will continue to rise, and the “use less, pay more” scenario will increase. What’s worse is the actual water savings will be insignificant.
Kristi also addressed in detail the 55 gallon per day limitation per person in household water use, after an astounding KTLA report explaining why a single person living alone would not be able to take a shower and do a load of laundry without going over the limit and being fined $1,000 for each offense.
Kristi Diener: “I love that this getting media attention, but the anchor doesn’t have the facts exactly correct. I wrote about this recently.”
“There have been a lot of questions re the 55-gallon per person/per day, indoor water-usage legislation (SB 606 and AB 1668), like how will they monitor indoor water usage or the number of people living in a household? I will first tell you, as much as is known right now, there is an equal amount of unknown. Detailed plans are being developed over time (on the fly) based on a loose outline called the ‘Primer’ which the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Board prepared to summarize the authorities, requirements, and schedules included in the new legislation. The State Water Board had until January 1, 2020 to submit their recommendations for implementation to the Governor. These will only be guidelines and methodologies. The bulk of the legislation will be dropped on urban and agricultural water suppliers to figure out or face fines.
Right now there is no way to monitor individual indoor usage, nor is there a way to separate indoor watering from outdoor watering. The ‘standard’ for indoor use has been set at 55-gallon per person per day, eventually decreasing to 52.5 gallons in 2025, and 50 gallons per person per day by 2030. The first standard will be adopted no later than June 2022.
A yet to be determined formula will also dictate outdoor watering usage. This will be calculated by climate and region, how much land one has to irrigate, and will have provisions for pools, spas, fountains, water features, etc. It is unknown how all this will be completed by suppliers for each water account, how it will be amended for new residential or commercial development, or adjusted for all the variables-like changes in the number of members living in a household, or if a family puts in a pool. Dedicated outdoor watering meters have been suggested, which would also provide an indoor number if an overall usage meter is already in place. A water supplier will also have to guesstimate how much water they think they lose with leaks or when pipes break.
The water agency has to create a water budget that combines all usage across their entire service area, and then determine how they are going to meet this budget. If they go over, they may have to give rebates for tearing out lawns, credits for low-flow fixtures, raise water rates, charge for irrigation meter installation, or impose fines for using too much. How they will implement the water budget has not been determined, but they will be subject to monthly reporting requirements and fined $1000 per day when they go over. If they exceed the budget in a dry year, the fine is $10,000 every day they go over. There will also be a whole new level of bureaucracy created with a new ‘governing body’ to oversee water suppliers, and an enforcement arm.
The new laws ramp up over time. Suppliers have to have water use caps for indoor and outdoor watering by the end of 2022. The new water budgets will be fully enforced with penalties beginning November 2023.
Trying to determine the ultimate objective here is not clear to me. I can definitely see that we are going to be paying more for water because water suppliers will pass costs and fines on to users. The paperwork created for suppliers will mean added bodies to their payrolls. Creating a new governing body will also incur expenses/taxes.
I don’t fully understand how this ‘Makes Water Conservation a Way of Life?’ If a supplier makes the first water budget based on last year’s budget, round one’s target shouldn’t be too tough to hit, although ratcheting that number down will progressively get harder. I am wondering what is in between the lines? Could the goal be to find out exactly how much a supplier can do without, so that water right can be reduced and redirected? That’s when water rationing enforcement would hurt most. They already passed the laws, so we’ll have to wait to see what’s really in them.”
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Democrats progressives in general obstruct progress. They do so because they hate America. And they hate Americans. And in this case they hate the average Californian citizen. You can think of nothing better diminishing your rights. And charging you more for the privilege. And then penalties that will destroy you if you run afoul of them. Penalties which state haven’t even determined how they will be applied. Get rid of them. Get rid of them now. Or expect even worse. it’s
Making unlivable we’re already there. With the current brainless legislature and governor things will continue down this slippery slope to oblivion with no way to return.
ALL OF YOU FIRST! You want to fine Californian’s $1,000 a day for using more than 50 gallons of water a day, are you flipping crazy! You first! You use under 50 gallons of water a day let’s see how good you are at taking a sponge bath or shower. Although it probably would work for you because you don’t work outside in the blistering heat. Nor are you a machanic, or field worker, construction worker, fire fighter, ect, ect. California’s $1,000 a day fine for using more than 50 gallons of water a day is not going to work. If anything your not going to loose your job, your just going to loose the tax payors that pay your wages. Think about it, .. A person can only aford to stay in a place they can afford to pay for…if you can not afford to pay what do you do?…. You Move to another Place / State. You must have been born with a Gold (not silver) spoon in your mouth, to think that people in California can pay that much money a day for a water rationing fine. Now I have to ask, how many people in California make a living that pays over a thousand dollars a day? How about you get off your ass and come out of your air conditioned office and start looking for more areas in California that you can build dams for more water storage. And one more thing …use the water bond monies in stead of taxing or fineing us more money. I have lived in California sense I was born in 1959. But with all that has happened in 2019 and now things that are going to happen in 2020, It’s time to leave California and not look back.
Well said. I, too, am a native California resident and am saddened and sickened of what our once beautiful State has become. Government—God help us all.
Wow the California government collects the fine and passes it to a private business? WOW. And here we are pointing at Washington DC for abuse of power. Hypocrisy
THATS A FACT… If you GET THOSE MORONS OUT OF THERE,& PUT PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT ARNT FRIGGIN TREE HUGGERS IT WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER
Some people really need to shower for a very long time. Not me. I clean up pretty easily and have a naturally good aroma. Not everyone is so lucky. The nose knows!
Some consider a long shower a sexual right. I had a neighbor who took 45 min showers aka however long to empty hot water tank at apartment block twice a day or more
They-don’t-care! Ignorance and apathy has allowed this level of corruption t grow and fester. Some Californians are getting really angry and soon a whole lot will, as-soon-as they get hit for their dumb ignorance voting. Perhaps revolution will be needed.
On racket California has built on is has been accelerating is the creation of agency after agency after new position to offer high-paying jobs with pensions to the political well-connected.
It does seem that way, doesn’t it? About the only way they can make this more unpalatable is to announce, right on schedule, that since newly arrived immigrants cannot be inconvenienced, they will be exempt from the restrictions.
And that, my friends, is the real problem – there is zero transparency & accountability coming out of Sacramento. If we don’t fix that issue, we are doomed to more laws passed that will have to be interpreted later.
Just another example of Democratic politicians that have a clear path towards solving a problem but would rather use regulations , taxes and penalties to control people. They never want to solve a problem that has a solution. They want the problem to stay in place so that they feel viable and useful and needed to the voting public. After all if the problems were solved, who would need them?
No, they don’t want to solve a real problem! They are corrupt beyond Californians’ ability to [apparently] understand. They are paid by not-for-good-special-interests and want power and control over every living being. Californians keep handing it over to them. Such fools; how do they think it is gonna end?
What is the clear path towards solving the problem in your view? What is the solution to millions of people and limited water?
Amen to that the people governing this state really need to oull there head out of their ass!!!! Cause they are going to fee, tax, regulate to the tune that I/we will all be moving out of this state of California .Yet instead of building de-salinization plants to convert the seawater into useful water they decided to build a high speed train to SFO . What a waste of money. I sure would like to see where the hell all these taxes are being spent!!!
This one good example of why that idiot Newsom is being recalled. Zero transparency, taxation up the yin yang for 2020 like he’s already stated. The water fines may be the responsibility of the “water agency” as stated, but you can bet your butt Newsom is looking to raise billions in new taxes on the backs of commercial property owners, and when he gets through with them (whoever is left operating in CA), he’ll turn his sights on the homeowner. I swear his agenda must be to get CA residents to actually leave due to his policies. Unfortunately, CA has a super majority of Democratic morons like Newsom. Nancy, Adam, Diane and the list goes on. I don’t know what it would take to overcome the Democratic super majority, but the recall is one step towards that goal. Trouble is, until that time, if it’s even possible, how many residents will have left the state due to the exorbitant cost of living and the ridiculous mismanagement of the states resources by the Newsom administration? The game is rigged for now. Those contemplating an exodus are part of the solution to change things, but who wants to wait around in the most expensive and filthiest state in the nation until such a time with the same idiots at the wheel?
I especially like how California becomes the model for other blue states… Californians move to state like Colorado and presto, vote like they did in California and boom wake up in the same hog pen.
This will push more people out of California. Peoperty tax already out of control. When will California be put un check for lining the politicians pockets.
Wow. What a can of worms. Can Katy find the answers to the following questions? How does this affect people on a well? How will rich people work around these limits? Will the governor and legislature be affected by these limits or did they exclude themselves? How was it determined that 55 gallons a day was sufficient per person? I received 62″ of rain on my property last season, and 81″ the season before. There is more than enough water here. Why would this be a statewide law? Is the legislature considering banning rainwater collection? I will stop there for the moment.
Well water now belongs to the state. Rich people will pay the fines, or lobby their local govt./water districts for flat rates. So far there doesn’t seem to be exemptions, but the State Water Resources Control Board is in charge of making these decisions… I expect certain classifications to have exemptions. More on that later. Yes, you are correct that there was an abundance of water in the last two years. But even with $30 billion in water bonds approved for more water storage, the state has not built any. And because they allow more than 50% of the runoff flow to the ocean, that is our biggest problem. The environmentalists are winning the water war. I will stay on this and get more answers. Thanks for your very good questions. Katy
If my well water belongs to the state, then the state should have to replace my well pump the next time it fails. The state should build a couple desalination plants in Southern California. Use the tax dollars that are being wasted on the ridiculous high speed choo-choo.
So. Where is that 30 billion? It’s still there right? Just waiting to. Be used correct? Or has it been used already? Why is it taking so long. Those who lead this state cannot lead this state for the benefit of the people. Those who lead this state are only interested in their own self interests. So disappointing
Katy, since you are an investigative reporter, you might be interested in knowing about the thousands of gallons of water that are gushing out of water hydrants on a regular basis by the water departments. Next to my home the water is dumped into a creek. I wish I could figure out how to get it to water plants on my property. When discussing this practice with the employee who regularly dumps this water, we could only feel better about the practice by just thinking it helps provide water for the wildlife or replenishes the ground waters, which I’m not certain either is accomplished. If you want more information on this practice, feel free to contact me but I want to remain anonymous.
The water you see flowing out of the hydrant is done on purpose. Not many residents realize that water agencies need to flush out water lines on a regular basis in order to provide its customers adequate drinking water. if the water sits too long in a pipeline without getting used, it becomes stagnant and an unpleasant odor and color will happen. Typically water systems are built on a loop so water is always moving, but their will always be a dead-end somewhere. Those are the areas that will need regular flushing. Unfortunately, you have to waste water to provide safe water. It is what it is on that aspect.
That 50% is not wasted water. Many industries and lived rely on that water flowing in the rivers. Commercial and sport fishing, salmon being the obvious for those that refuse to seek knowledge. Tourism is another. Also the Sacramento River is used to ship goods. No water, no shipping. Unfortunately so many people refuse to acknowledge the need for that water to be flowing, we have to find legal ways however they are to keep it flowing, like endangered fish.
Are you serious? You think these people are out-for-your interests and really want to solve a problem?
I noticed it was a bunch of Democrats who voted these Stalinist tactics into law. I’m sick of my state being ruined by Leftist. I work hard and pay taxes. I can leave to ANY state in the United States and practice in my nursing professions. Right now, I don’t see a law that forbids people to move from this state (trust me, these Leftists will try). When my healthy 87-year-old mother goes to heaven, me and my family, we’re OUT of this Commie Utopia. Screw this… find some other sucker to pay the governments bills.
Your level of delusion and illiteracy is truly astounding You and all like you will collapse when the rest of us are gone Get ready
Most Democrats cheated their way into office from votes of illegal aliens. What I see happening is communism being pushed by Democrats who are hell bent on destroying this Nation. Just look at the gun confiscation happening in Virginia by a demoRAT. Gun Rally on January 20. Thousands maybe millions going to be there. People who are willing to die for their freedoms. Once the Democrats heard about this gun rally they arranged for their Nazi goon mob squad ANTIFA to be there to cause violence. People need to wake up and see that the Democrats are working with United Nations to push Agenda 2030.
Mark it’s people like you that need to leave. I wonder which of Gavin’s buddies will be tapped to be board members who will sit and siphon all of this extra revenue for their cocaine and prostitution habits.
How about we get rid of the idiots that voted these fools into office….then we can work on the sanctuary status and get rid of a bunch there?
Many are leaving! Businesses including stores, restaurants and manufacturing. It’s like the leaders of this State want us to give up guns go to a launderette, not shower, not vape in public but you can smoke that dope, crap in the streets, can’t stop a shoplifter with a “billy club”. Democrats are ruining this state.
People like you are the problem. Your time is coming to a end. There is a tipping point that you will feel real soon. The common people will rise and take you parasites out!!
Wow your actually a nurse? Amazing I guess California let’s anyone get license now days