2018-06-11 16:42:24 UTC
In the future, will Californians be able to shower and do laundry on
the same day? Will they have to tear up their lawns?
"California to Face More Permanent Water Restrictions
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018 6:18 PM
Posted By: Elizabeth Zelidon
REDDING, Calif - California hit one of its hardest droughts in 2011,
lasting six years.
But now that the drought is over, Californians will still have to
prepare for new and more permanent water use restrictions.
The change comes after Thursday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into
law two water restriction bills that will not only restrict the amount
of water you use outdoors but also indoors.
This means limiting the number of minutes in the shower, the times you
flush, and even how often you do laundry.
So what exactly does the new law state?
The laws set an initial limit for indoor water use of 55 gallons
per-person per-day in 2022, which gradually drops to 50 gallons per
person by 2030.
Putting this into perspective, according to United States Geological
survey website it means filling a bathtub uses 36 gallons of water,
washing dishes by hand uses between 8 to 27 gallons, flushing a toilet
uses 3 gallons and washing a load of laundry uses approximately 40
gallons of water.
MORE ON WATER RESTRICTIONS IN REDDING.
Which doing all of these can quickly add up.
That is really difficult with a family to give kids baths and do
laundry I dont know how you can do that, said Diana Spradly who was
visiting her grandchildren who live in the state.
But water officials in Redding say like many new laws it will take
some time to know the true effects this law will have on the city.
With their biggest concern being, at this time they dont have a way
to monitor the difference between a residents water use inside the
home and the use outside.
Adding these strict restrictions could also mean water rates will
increase because the fixed costs for treating and delivering
high-quality drinking water will increase and the amount of water sold
will decrease so that will necessitate raising the cost of water to
But for some, its a challenge theyre willing to face for the better
of the environment.
The new restrictions may or may not be a little bit extreme but I
feel everybody should take the steps to be more conscious about their
water usage, said Redding resident Olivia Arnaude.
"Efficiency in the use of all resources
would have to increase by more than 50
percent over the next four or five decades
just to keep pace with population growth."
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