As most Californians know, Governor Jerry Brown urged all state citizens to cut their water usage by 20 percent and to be extra vigilant in preventing water waste. The state has set up two websites to help: www.SaveOurWater.com has tips on water conservation while www.Drought.CA.gov explains how the state is dealing with the effects of the drought.
On July 15, 2014 the Water Board adopted a regulation the prohibits the use of drinking water for outdoor landscape irrigation that produces runoff. Likewise, the use of hose without a shut-off nozzle in washing a car and using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks. Finally, using drinking water in a fountain or other decorative feature except where the water is recycled. Watering lawns under any circumstances is limited to two days per week.
This was followed on August 14, 2014 by the California Public Utilities Commission ordering water companies to provide direct notice to their customers for violations of the restrictions outlined above.