Last week, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in light of the current drought. The proposed emergency regulations would prohibit using water for activities like washing driveways or hard surfaces , using a hose to wash an automobile, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property, and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.
Violations of the prohibited activities are considered infractions, but are punishable by fines of $500 for each day in which the violation occurs. Nevada Irrigation district General Manager Rem Sherzinger says representatives from NID will be attending the public hearing on the regulations.
One unanswered question is who would be responsible for enforcing the regulations.
Another unanswered question is would the fines be paid by the water customer or the water district?*
The State Water Board will consider adoption of the proposed statewide emergency regulations at their July 15, 2014 Board meeting in Sacramento.
If the new regulations are adopted and subsequently approved by the Office of Administrative Law, they would go into effect on or about August 1st.