California looks to permanently ban hosing off driveways, over-watering lawns

California’s top water officials are considering permanent conservation rules that would outlaw hosing down driveways, over-watering lawns and running sprinklers on grassy street medians.

The proposed regulations would target wasteful water use in cities and towns statewide, permanently bringing back some of the temporary restrictions imposed during California’s record-setting 2012-16 drought.

The State Water Resources Control Board is taking up the measures as California faces worsening drought conditions near the end of a record-warm winter. Officials said the regulations are aimed at helping to prepare for future droughts and the impacts of climate change, and at sending a message that that it’s no longer acceptable to have water overflowing in gutters. 

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