Environmental Law & Policy Alert – Update from Somach Simmons & Dunn

February 9, 2022

Water Users Legally Obligated to Rein in Certain Outdoor Water Uses

Despite the exceptionally heavy rain events in October and December 2021, California is still experiencing severe drought conditions. In response to these statewide dry conditions, and Governor Newsom’s October 2021 emergency proclamation calling for residents to “re-double” their water use reduction efforts, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new, emergency regulations deeming certain water uses wasteful and unreasonable (Water Use Regulation). The Water Use Regulation applies to end water users, such as residents, outdoor uses of water and homeowners’ associations and local government enforcement of landscaping provisions during declared states of emergency during the period January 18, 2022 – January 18, 2023…. Read More Written by Alyson E. Ackerman and Aaron A. Ferguson