July 12, 2014 (San Diego) The California State Water Control Board will decide on July 15, 2014 whether to impose further restrictions due to the drought. This will happen during their regular Board meeting.
The proposed text of these regulations will not allow people to use water in such a way that it cause run off. For example when you wash from one building to another, or water goes from your property to the next property.
Moreover, you will not be allowed to wash hard surfaces, such as sidewalks will be prohibited.
DO not wash your car without a nozzle, and that nozzle has to be able to shut itself off.
Fountains will have to be shut off, unless they have recirculation systems.
Violations can bring up to $500 dollars in fines.
In effect, they are asking people to conserve water and not to overwater their lawns. Many cities in California already have similar rules in place.
The City of San Diego City is on a Level One restriction, which makes saving water voluntary, but highly encouraged. For example, watering lawns only three times a week is in place, and “The time of day when watering is allowed (before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from June to October, and before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from November to May) is a permanent restriction. “
Some of the State Restrictions, such as fountains using recirculation pumps are already in place. So is the restriction on washing sidewalks.
The State is taking this step due to the deepening drought affecting the state, with water sources down all over. Governor Jerry Brown declared a Drought Emergency back in January.
If adopted the rules will go into effect on August 1.