California regulators have once again eased conservation requirements for water agencies. Wednesday the State Water Resources Control Board lifted a rule that required agencies prove they have enough water to supply cities for three dry years. The so-called “stress test” for agencies has been in place since last year.
The move comes after Governor Jerry Brown lifted the official drought declaration earlier this month. Urban water suppliers still must report water use. Rules to prevent water waste – like hosing down sidewalks – are still in effect.