On January 1, 2020, two long-term water-use efficiency conservation bills (Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668) became effective. These bills create indoor and outdoor water efficiency objectives for water agencies like the Santa Margarita Water District, not individual households.
Contrary to a recent media report, neither bill sets fines on individual water customers taking a shower and doing laundry on the same day.
Santa Margarita Water District and its customers are excellent water stewards. We have worked together over the last decade to become a waterwise service area. In 2019 alone, customers replaced over 43,000 square feet of turf and have benefited from over 1,000 water use efficiency rebates. Projects like the Lake Mission Viejo Advanced Treated Water Facility transformed an iconic lake into California’s first swimming lake to use highly treated recycled water, saving 98 million gallons of drinking water a year. The District continues to be focused on developing local, reliable, and sustainable water supplies to reduce its dependence on imported water which is subject to drought, legislative and regulatory influence.
Fact Sheet (CalWEP)
Correct Information on California Water Efficiency Laws (ACWA)