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Calendar >  Assemblymember Waldron Shower or Laundry?

Assemblymember Waldron Shower or Laundry?

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  1 Comment


Assemblymember Marie Waldron — In 2018 Governor Brown signed two bills which will have a major impact on water use in our state. AB 1668 and SB 606, which I opposed, created stringent water use mandates for all Californians.
One regulation involves a 55 gallon per day indoor water use limit. Contrary to some news reports, this is not an individual mandate. No one will be told they can’t take a shower or do laundry on the same day. The 55 gallon mandate requires water suppliers to meet that standard over the entire agency. Penalties for violations of these standards will fall directly on the agency, not individual customers.
Even so, ratepayers will be heavily impacted. Penalties (up to $1,000 per day) that are assessed against water agencies will be passed on to all water ratepayers in the district. Conservation measures forced on the agency will also directly impact its customers. Additional standards for outdoor water use, based on vegetation, climate and other factors, will eventually be determined by the State Water Resources Control Board. No doubt those standards will also involve new penalties and restrictions.
This legislation’s stated purpose was to “make conservation a way of life,” even during wet years when trillions of gallons are flowing out to sea. But a top-down, Sacramento-imposed water mandate is totally unnecessary. Why have we spent billions locally to divorce ourselves from Northern California water if we’re going to be subjected to the same penalties and restrictions as other regions that have made no effort to conserve?
Individuals using more than 55 gallons a day are not causing a water shortage. Lack of political will to build new reservoirs, aqueducts, recycling is the real culprit. Californians should not be punished for the lack of common sense in Sacramento.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron, AD 75, 350 W 5th Avenue #110, Escondido, CA 92025 – Phone: 760-480-7570


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  1. Karen Wickersham says:

    Well, I suppose we should be relieved and grateful that Ms. Waldron isn’t floating her party’s currently trending bilge that CA taxpayers would be individually penalized such that they would have to decide whether to do laundry or take a shower. Even though the title of her essay certainly suggests that.

    However, her blithe assumption that all we need is the “political will to build new reservoirs, aqueducts and recycling” to make everything as right as rain is yet another ignorant talking point being spewed en masse by her party. The standard “OMG, the water is all flowing into the ocean!!!” squeal is simplistic and patently dishonest.

    It’s very easy to make black and white bumper-sticker assertions about any topic. It takes more effort to actually look at a situation in its entirety and do the hard work of weighing costs against benefits. It takes even more effort to “be best”, do your due diligence (actual research) and share honest, practical information with the taxpayers.

    All those new reservoirs Ms. Waldron and others think would be the bees’ knees come with costly problems.

    First, California is running out of places to build new dams. Our earthquake-prone state makes it difficult to build new ones.

    Second, the ones that are built inevitably become filled with silt, reducing the water storage capacity that Ms. Waldron supposedly so desperately wants. Unfortunately, simple bills to study the effects of silt buildup on water storage and cost/benefit analysis to remove the silt and prevent future buildup have been squashed.

    Maybe because that simple plan is not as glamorous as brand new dam/reservoir projects? Certainly sounds cheaper, which ought to please members of the so-called “party of fiscal responsibility”.

    Finally, there are already some new projects underway (a new dam north of Sacramento and expansions of other dams). Also, torrential rains in CA are relatively rare over the long term, making the assertion that we “need to build lots more” kind of disingenuous.

    Ms. Waldron, how about helping return the CA GOP to the days of responsible environmental management? A good start would be to help promote that very silt clean-up study, rather than squealing that “they’re letting all the water flow into the ocean”.



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