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State water board proposes outdoor watering restrictions
State water board proposes outdoor watering restrictions

Urban water agencies across California would have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under a proposed state rule. Though a number of cities, including Los Angeles, already have such regulations in place, most don’t. So the State Water Resources Control Board is giving them a push. “Many urban Californians don’t realize how bad a drought the state is in,” said board chair Felicia Marcus. “It is a mistake to think that they are not at risk.” The emergency drought regulations, which the board will consider at a public hearing Tuesday, require agencies to ban wasteful outdoor watering, hosing down sidewalks and driveways, and washing a car without a shut-off nozzle. The...

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