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California Regulators Lift Mandatory Conservation Rules


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.

 California drought

Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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