Last Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills into law that will require cities and water districts across the state to set permanent water conservation rules, regardless of whether the state is in a drought or not, as reported by Paul Rogers. Water providers will be required to submit a target water use by 2022, with fines for those who fail to comply beginning in 2027. In an attempt to reduce water use, water agencies will likely need to offer more rebates for home and business owners that replace their lawns with more drought-tolerant plants and who purchase water efficient appliances.
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