Because you will use less water if you shower and do laundry on separate days… </sarcasm>
SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – A new California law will make it illegal for Californians to shower and do a load of laundry on the same day. The law signed by Governor Jerry Brown will limit individuals daily water use to 55 gallons.
Gov. Brown signing AB 1668 sponsored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), will implement strict water use limits by January 1, 2020; long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022; and manage their assigned water rationing goals beginning in 2027.
AB 1668 impacts every person in California. This bill puts a limit on Californians indoor water usage that decreases more and more over the next 12 years.
The wording SB 606 of establishes a “governing body” to oversee all water suppliers, both private and public and will require extensive paperwork from those utility companies.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Governor Brown commented on the law saying, “In preparation for the next drought and our changing environment, we must use our precious resources wisely. We have efficiency goals for energy and cars – and now we have them for water.”
The three main factors used in the new law are, “an allowance of 55 gallons per person per day for indoor water use – dropping to 50 gallons by 2030; a yet-to-be determined amount for residential outdoor use that will vary depending on regional climates; and a standard for water loss due to leak rates in water system pipes.”