Mandatory Water Conservation Regulation Goes Into Effect

An emergency regulation to increase conservation practices for all Californians became effective July 29, 2014.  The new conservation regulation targets outdoor urban water use.  In some areas of the State 50 percent or more of daily water use is for lawns and outdoor landscaping.  This regulation establishes the minimum level of activity that residents, businesses, and water suppliers must meet as the drought deepens and will be in effect for 270 days unless extended or repealed.

The Emergency Regulations Prohibit the following in California:

  • The application of potable water to any driveway or sidewalk
  • Using potable water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Using a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose if fitted with a shut-off nozzle.

Even though 80% of the main Campus is watered from the Butte irrigation well, the University is working to ensure conservation measures are utilized at all levels on-Campus to protect this precious resource.  It you would like to see the text of the emergency regulation, please go to California Environmental Protection Agency, State Water Resources Control Board

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at 898-5126.


The National Safety Council and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety would like to remind everyone that driving is a privilege.  A driver's license gives you a certain level of freedom, but it also gives you an enormous amount of responsibility.  When behind the wheel this responsibility comes in many forms:

  • Don't be a distracted driver - pay attention at all times
  • Wear a safety belt
  • Drive sober
  • Focus on the road
  • Drive defensively

For more information on driving safety, please visit the National Safety Council website.

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