As of May 18, 2016, the California Sate Water Board adopted a new set of emergency water regulations to replace those put in place on February 2 as a result of less severe drought conditions than previously. This regulation will be in effect from June 2016 to January 2017. Conservation standards are set locally, with specific circumstances in mind. Due to the drought that is persisting for what is the fifth year in a row, conservation of water is now of the utmost importance.
There are, however, restrictions on the use of water. Hotels, bars, and restaurants are not permitted to serve their clients water unless it is specifically requested. Hotels and motels are required to place signs in each room telling the guests they may elect not to have towels and linens washed daily. Californians are banned from watering lawns and landscaping with potable water in the 48 hours following any measurable rainfall. Cities, counties, water districts, and private companies must limit lawn watering to two days per week unless they already limit days for watering per person.
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