Assemblymember Cheryl Brown Pulls Water Bill
Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) decided to pull her bill, AB 1636, which would have prohibited local governments from fining residents who fail to water their lawns. Her decision came after a number of local governments in her district, and throughout California, agreed to comply with the governor’s decree and voluntarily cut water usage by 20 percent.
“I am extremely happy that local government entities in the 47th Assembly District have voluntarily agreed to help residents reduce their water consumption,” said Assemblymember Brown. “While legislation is one way to make changes in our community, it is not the only way, and I applaud our locals’ voluntary water reduction efforts.”
Lawn maintenance can require a lot of water, especially in areas of the state that tend to be dry and have higher temperatures in the summer, such as the Inland Empire. According to a study by the University of California, a normal lawn can use an average of 125 gallons of water per 1000 square feet during the summer. The California Association of Water Agencies estimates that watering a lawn less frequently during a drought can save between 15-25 gallons of water per home.
In response to the ongoing drought throughout the state, local governments and water agencies including the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Valley Water District, the Cucamonga Valley Water District and the Inland Empire Utilities District, adopted conservation policies that comply with the governor’s request to reduce water usage.
“Water is a precious resource and it is important that our local water districts and cities embrace conservation strategies that do not penalize homeowners,”
Assemblymember Brown stated. “Many have incorporated ways to do this and I have voluntarily withdrawn my bill in recognition of their commitment to save water.”
For more information, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 381-3238.