Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations Released
On Saturday, April 18, the State Water Resources Control Board
(SWRCB) released draft emergency regulations pertaining to the
drought and emergency water conservation. Comments are due April
22 (a very brief comment period because they are emergency
regulations). CHA is working with its Emergency Management
Advisory Committee and the California Society of Healthcare
Engineers (CSHE) Executive Committee to review and respond to the
draft emergency regulations. Prior to the draft regulations, the
SWRCB released a draft framework on April 7.
It is important to note that the draft regulations are being
imposed on water suppliers to achieve a statewide 25 percent
reduction in potable urban usage through Feb. 28, 2016. The draft
regulations also propose a nine-tiered process to more equitably
allocate the conservation savings necessary to reach the
statewide 25 percent reduction.
Hospitals are urged to actively engage with their local water
supplier by educating them on the hospital’s needs and letting
them know how the facility can conserve water. The proposed
regulations, along with a corresponding fact sheet and the
proposed regulatory framework tiers (including a list of urban
water suppliers) are attached.