It's Now Against The Law In California To Shower And Do Laundry On The Same Day

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

Governor Jerry Brown is retiring but not before he passes a few draconian laws as parting gifts for California. Two bills were signed into law on Thursday of last week to “help California be better prepared for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”

The mandatory water conservation standards will be permanent, according to their wording, and not just for use in times of crisis. To make a long story short, now that these bills are law, it’s illegal to take a shower and do a load of laundry in the same day because you’ll exceed your “ration.”

Here’s the wording of the new laws.

Senate Bill 606 establishes a “governing body” to oversee all water suppliers, both private and public and will require extensive paperwork from those utility companies.

Assembly Bill 1668 is where it gets personal.  This establishes limits on indoor water usage for every person in California and the amount allowed will decrease even further over the next 12 years.

The bill, until January 1, 2025, would establish 55 gallons per capita daily as the standard for indoor residential water use, beginning January 1, 2025, would establish the greater of 52.5 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use, and beginning January 1, 2030, would establish the greater of 50 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use. The bill would impose civil liability for a violation of an order or regulation issued pursuant to these provisions, as specified.

If you’re wondering how the government would know how much water your family is using, the utility providers will be obligated to rat you out of face massive fines. And they’re encouraged to spy in all sorts of creative ways. They “shall use satellite imagery, site visits, or other best available technology to develop an accurate estimate of landscaped areas.”

Some analysis

Now, if you’re wondering where I get my assertion that you can’t shower and do laundry on the same day, here’s some math:

  • An 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water

  • A load of laundry uses about 40 gallons of water

  • A bathtub holds 80 to 100 gallons of water

  • A dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water

There are also standards to be established for outdoor use such as landscaping, caring for livestock, and gardening, but those numbers don’t seem to be available at this time. Maybe Californians just get to wait in suspense to see if their chickens are allowed to have water on the same day as their vegetables. Back when I lived in California, we were only “allowed” to water our gardens two times per week, which, in that heat, as you can imagine, didn’t lead to very productive gardens.

Farmers on a larger scale will have to jump through numerous hoops and create water management plans which must then be approved by the people in suits because obviously, they’ll know more about the needs of crops and livestock than the farmers will

Oh, and don’t worry, rich people. There will be “provisions for swimming pools, spas, and other water features.” So you can still have your pretty fountains and pools while the rest of the peons take 2 showers a week. One might wonder if ‘variances” will apply to the wealthy for their landscaping needs.

“The State Water Resources Control Board, which will oversee local agencies’ progress, will also consider possible “variances” for some districts that need additional allowances due to specific local circumstances.” (source)

Both Brown and his most-likely successor, Gavin Newsom, want to spend $17 billion to build a tunnel that will bring water from resource-rich Northern California down to bone-dry Southern California. This means, even the parts of California that DO have water will be restricted in its use.

What if you don’t comply?

If you don’t plan to comply it’s going to be way cheaper to move. Here are the fines Californians will be looking at – and it’s not a typo – these fines are PER DAY.

(1) If the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years or during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency under the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) based on drought conditions, ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.

(2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.

It’s important to note that your usage is only tracked if you have municipal water. If you have a well, at this point, you will probably be okay. Back when I lived there, the idea of metering private wells and billing the owners for use had been floated around, but most people resisted and it wasn’t enforced. If you truck your water in, you can also use as much as you need to.

For years it was illegal to use greywater systems in California, despite the epic droughts. Those regulations have been loosened, however, compliance is still extremely onerous. (Get the details here.) And rainwater catchment is not only legal, it’s encouraged. In fact, there’s a ballot on the table that is a “measure to allow rainwater capture systems to be installed without counting as new construction for the purposes of reassessing property taxes.”

Don’t think this only affects California

Not only are Californians fleeing the state in droves, but there are other ways these restrictive laws can affect the rest of us directly.

  • These stringent measures set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.

  • There could be a shortage of food coming out of California because there isn’t enough water to produce it.

  • The food we do get from there will cost a lot more.

It’s important to pay attention to stuff like this and not shrug it off because “I don’t live in California.” In an economy such as ours, we’re all interlinked. A draconian law that gains a footing in one part of the country is much easier to pass in other parts.

Comments

Nuclear Winter Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:07 Permalink

How the fuck is that going to work? I shower twice a day and do laundry 3 times a week. In NYC. Lol.

 

Does the law apply to 80-year-old fart Jerry Clown (Brown when he doesn't shower), Sen. Dick BedPan (yellow from his amber showers) and a host of other flaming Libtards?

What about the pukes in Silicon Valley? Or Hollyweird?

 

Dickweed Wang Nuclear Winter Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:08 Permalink

Can't do the laundry and shower in the same day??  That's no problem in Commiefornia since a growing segment of the population there is "homeless" and don't normally do either . . . ever. Come to find out a lot of the celebrities there also have some kind of aversion to taking showers on a regular basis (look it up if you don't believe me) so the new law should be no problem at all.

Maybe they can change the name of the state to Stinkafornia.

In reply to by Nuclear Winter

El Vaquero 3LockBox Sun, 06/03/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

Yet another reason that CA is ranked 50th in terms of quality of life.  Conserve more water so that they can grow and conserve even more water.  They need to change their management practices from the ground up, but they're not going to.  They're just going to look at the sector that doesn't use the majority of the water and restrict it.  Dumbfucks.  

In reply to by 3LockBox

MasterPo bobcatz Sun, 06/03/2018 - 21:46 Permalink

Solution: Crap in your pants and shower with your clothes on - problem solved. 

['course getting a date is going to get incrementally more difficult, but what the hell, it never was that easy anyway...]

On second thought crap in moonbeam's front yard. If 10,000 Californians did it, the law would be changed in a week. 

In reply to by bobcatz

Majestic12 bobcatz Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by bobcatz

Majestic12 Americano Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by Americano

Majestic12 remain calm Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by remain calm

philipat HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 06/03/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

And how, pray, does Moonbeam propose to enforce this (not that it will be his problem)? I'm guessing that a whole new Government Department (which will, of course, be funded by higher taxes) will need to be formed? Perhaps The Department of Personal Hygiene and Laundry, which will send out thousands of illegal immigrants (who are jealous of the ability of Americans to take showers) to "observe" every household in Ca (other than the 1%) and impose on the spot $1000 cash fines? Sounds like more of the California which is driving people out by the hundreds of thousands?

In reply to by HRH of Aquitaine 2.0

rejected philipat Sun, 06/03/2018 - 22:35 Permalink

Easy Peezy!

Sort of like when you drop auto insurance. Insurance company computer sends State computer the data which in turn sends you a request for your license plates.  

Water? You go over your limit,,, Utility computers send data to State computers which send you the fine in the mail. 

The new digital age,,, you gotta love it.... 

In reply to by philipat

Majestic12 El Vaquero Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by El Vaquero

Majestic12 3LockBox Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by 3LockBox

ZD1 Gardentoolnumber5 Sun, 06/03/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

"Yet they keep packing people into the State with no regard for where the needed water is coming from."

No new dams or water storage facilities have been built in Commiefornia for over 40 years despite the state's population more than doubling.

Moonbeam Brown and his Democrats who completely control Commiefornia would rather ration water to better control the slaves on their sanctuary shithole plantation. Their draconian edicts don't apply to them. 

In reply to by Gardentoolnumber5

Majestic12 Gardentoolnumber5 Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

"...for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”"

Agriculture uses 48% of all water, with "commercial" (Golf Courses, Hotels, restaurants, etc.) using another 41%...

"residential" use is 8%...

Shitholes in the Middle East (like Gaza) use "one Fiftieth" the amount of water used in US agriculture (acre to acre, crop to crop comparison) using "drip irrigation".

Yet the Central Valley Farming Cabal is screaming for MOAR water!

The same fucking swamp, different buffoon, different day. Wake up.

In reply to by Gardentoolnumber5

Chris2 stacking12321 Sun, 06/03/2018 - 19:12 Permalink

At the same time they give out more building permits, want borders wide open forever to import millions of people.

Won't build more water storage or maintain the dams and instead spends on a bullet train that nobody will use because it will be too slow and too expensive.

Meanwhile San Francisco is going into the power business, green power. Calling up businesses asking if they will use the city power. Asking for now.....just wait.

Jerry Brown is insane.

In reply to by stacking12321