No. The water-use objectives are for local water suppliers’ system-wide, aggregate water use. There is no requirement for individual households to meet a specific water-use standard.
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One of the biggest components of the bills is the creation of water-use objectives for water agencies (not individual households or businesses). Starting in 2023, water agencies such as MMWD will be required to calculate and submit a water-use objective to the state. By 2024, we’ll be required to meet that objective.
Each year, water agencies like MMWD will be responsible for ensuring that their system-wide aggregate water use meets the objective. The law gives local water agencies flexibility in how to best help customers within their own communities use water more efficiently, such as through conservation rebates and educational programs.
The standards will be calculated using water efficiency standards for indoor and outdoor water use that are developed through research and public input. The indoor calculation will initially be based on a provisional standard of 55 gallons of water a day per person. The outdoor calculation is still being determined, but will account for local climate and the number of irrigable acres, including residential and commercial outdoor landscaping.
Yes. Households with water-efficient fixtures and appliances are likely already meeting this standard. Remember, too, that the 55 gallons per person per day will be used to calculate an aggregate target for our community. There is no specific water use standard for individual households.
Yes. By 2022, the state will adopt water-use efficiency performance measures for various commercial, industrial and institutional (schools, parks, etc.) water users.
MMWD will continue to share updates as the state develops guidelines for implementing the new legislation. In the meantime, we ask our customers to simply continue using water wisely, as you have done. Thank you!