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Todd Snider of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing installs an ultra-low-flow toilet at a home in Novato, California./Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


The state’s new per capita limit on indoor water use is groundbreaking, but there is no practical way to enforce it. Rather, it is intended to inspire more conservation and guide larger efforts by water utilities

By Matt Weiser | News Deeply

CALIFORNIA HAS ALWAYS been America’s leader on environmental policy, and water is no exception. So it was hardly surprising when the state made headlines across the nation in early June with a new policy on residential water use: Californians will be limited to 55 gallons per person per day for their indoor water needs.

The rule is apparently the first of its kind in the nation. But lost in the excitement is the fact that water agencies have no way to measure how much water their customers use indoors. Homes have only one water meter, and it provides no information about where water is used or for what purpose.

In reality, it turns out, the 55-gallon limit is not a limit at all. It is merely an aspirational target meant to motivate customers to conserve.


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  1. jim stack says:

    It’s a smart attempt to make people aware of their water use. We should do it in Arizona too. EVeryone should be aware and not waste water. If we use too much in the greater Phoenix area it causes shortages in Tucson, Nevada and Sacremento that are all down stream of us.

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