UPDATE (1/2/2020): We have just learned that consumers could be fined up to $1000.00 for any infraction due to excessive water usage. That amount could go up to $10,000.00 during state declared drought periods. This law will force many Californians to leave the state in droves if it not repealed or amended.
Thanks to Governor Brown, his administration and radical extremist environmental groups, there will soon be more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers among other things no thanks to a new law. With the mid term elections just around the corner, Californians are about to elect Gavin Newsome who is even more radical than Governor Brown is and will mostly double down on current laws making them even more oppressive.
The new water efficiency law was crafted and slammed through based on global warming worries which to this day is hotly contested within the scientific community. Even the U.N can’t agree on the global warming science since it is all over the map so to speak. In fact there are signs pointing to a coming Grand Solar Minimum which means cooling!
California is now the first state in the nation to enact tough new draconian water efficiency standards. The new law is aimed at water districts to cut household water usage but but we all know this will trickle down to the water customers they serve. It is now a “wait and see” game to see how far reaching and oppressive this new law will be.
Starting in 2020, the new law will only allow each person in each household a limit of 55 gallons per day. By 2030 it will fall to 50 gallons per day per person in each household. The water restrictions will put a big squeeze on everyone in the state and no one will go unscathed. This new law and of concern to us is the fact that it will target the aquatics industry which we have been a part of for the last 13 years. We feel that this new law will bring this state to a standstill as everyone holds their breath.
Let’s put all of this into perspective shall we. An 8 minute shower uses 17 gallons of water, a load of laundry uses up to 40 gallons of water and a bath tub can hold up to 80 to 100 gallons of water. Water usage for a busy and large family will definitely use more than the allowable 55 gallons per day per person.
For you pool owners, here is a real eye opener! On average a swimming pool will lose about ¼ to ½ inch of water per day due to evaporation. This is roughly 2 to 4 inches per week. A normal size pool could lose up to 25,000 to 50,000 gallons of water per year due to evaporation!
It is true that the water districts that do not meet the new restrictions in the new law could be fined up to $10,000 per day. We all know that those state imposed fines and penalties will be handed down to consumers. The result will be astronomical bills and possible penalties for water usage exceeding 55 gallons per person per day. Only the absolute wealthy will be able to pay those bills and penalties with no problem while the middle class gets squeezed on this one.
So what will happen to those residential pools? In 2016 there was a survey done and it was estimated there were at that time about 250,000 residential pools in Los Angeles County alone. How much of an impact will the new water law have on pool owners? At this time we just do not know. Some are being advised that if they don’t plan on complying should simply get out of California.
We have tried reaching out to lawmakers and the water companies to get their take and clarification on the new law however no one has returned any of our calls.