Framework FAQ: Residential Outdoor Standard

Published: August 18th, 2020 | , |

Updated 3/04/21

**This cut sheet is out of date. Please go here for the more recent draft regulations**

SB606 and AB1668, passed in 2018, intend to “make water conservation a California way of life” by providing a framework for water conservation and efficiency. The bills direct state agencies Department of Water Resources (DWR) and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to develop overall water efficiency targets for each retail water agency (over 3,000 connections) based on the combination of indoor water use, outdoor water use, and water loss. This FAQs document is focused on the outdoor water use component, and specifically single family- and multi-family residential. A water use efficiency standard will also be established for CII dedicated irrigation meter accounts. This FAQ does not address the CII landscape standard. 

This FAQ was updated on March 4, 2021 and will continue to be updated as more information from the state is released. 

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