A survey revealed that Californians have increased their water usage amid the worst drought to hit the state in decades. Meanwhile, California decided on Tuesday to come down hard on water wasters by imposing fines of up to $500 per violation.
The State Water Resources Control Board is now authorizing fines of up to $500 for excessive water use, like washing down sidewalks or too much lawn watering. It’s the first time these types of restrictions have been imposed on a statewide level.
The University of California, Davis' Center for Watershed Sciences has recently released a study that finds that current dry conditions in California are unlikely to go away. Researchers expect next year to be another drought year for California, even if a change in El Niño conditions brings some much-needed rain to the state.
A bill moving through the Legislature protects people in homeowner associations from retribution if they take steps to reduce water use for landscaping.The bill would prohibit housing associations from banning water-saving plants or prohibit their members from following local water conservation rules. It now heads to the Senate. Four other bills targeting homeowner associations would spare homeowners from fines for letting their lawns die during a drought.
Recent technological innovations make today’s fake grass look better than the real thing. Dogs like it. Neighbors can’t tell the difference. And in the grips of prolonged drought, a no-water green space has its appeal.
Sacramento is considering a pilot program to offer $0.50 for each square foot of natural lawn removed by residents and businesses in an effort to cut down on water use. The initial budget for the project is around $100,000.
A deepening crisis in California - it has been so dry for so long that a state of emergency has been declared and some communities are projected to actually run out of water. Among the hardest hit according to the national NBC nightly news is parts of Sacramento County.