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East County News Service

March 19, 2015 (Sacramento) -- It’s official – the state’s Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday voted to impose water limits statewide to conserve water during the ongoing drought, the Sacramento Bee reports.

So how does that affect you?

Your local water agency will set specific days of the week when you can-and can’t—water your yard.  If it rains, you’ll have to turn off your irrigation for the next two days. 

Forget about washing off your driveway, or having sprinklers spraying onto pavement, or running a decorative fountain unless it pumps recycled water.

When you visit a restaurant, you won’t be served water unless you ask. If you travel within California, hotels must offer you an option of not getting freshly laundered towels and linens every day.

The drought is so severe that farmers in the Central Valley have let their fields go fallow, because there is no water left.  The drought is also fueling wildfires – burning four times more acres this winter than usual—and that means more water used to fight those fires.

If you’re caught breaking the new water-saving rules, you could be fined up to $500 per violation per day, though it’s up to each local water agency to enforce the rules.

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