Water Conservation Emergency Regulations

Second Water Conservation Emergency Regulation of 2022

Effective June 10, 2022, irrigation of non-functional turf with potable water is prohibited for commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) landscapes in California pursuant to recently adopted State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) regulations.

The State Water Board has defined non-functional turf as, “Turf that is solely ornamental and not regularly used for human recreational purposes or for civic or community events.” The State Water Board’s regulation stipulates that some turf areas are exempt from the turf irrigation ban.

Please note, this emergency regulation does not prohibit watering trees. Trees within non-functional turf areas could be negatively impacted by the ban on turf irrigation, so the regulation allows continued irrigation of trees even if some turf under trees will receive water.

The enforcement of the ban is by the State Water Board.

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State Water Board FAQ

First Water Conservation Emergency Regulation of 2022

On January 18, 2022 the California State Water Board adopted an emergency drought regulation due to the severe drought conditions throughout California. The emergency regulations will remain in effect for one year unless the State Water Board acts to end, modify or readopt it.

The Emergency Regulation Requirements include:

Enforcement of the regulations may include, warning letters, water use audits, and could lead to fines.

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