California: To Bathe or Not to Bathe, That is the Question

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Starting in the year 2022, California will start restricting how much water you use and they will be monitoring you to make sure you don’t break the law. You will be limited to 55 gallons of water a day per person. That means to stay under quota, you cannot do a load of laundry and shower on the same day. A load of laundry uses 40 gallons of water and an 8-minute shower uses 17 gallons, putting you two gallons over the limit.

But that also means you cannot flush the toilet or wash your hands and you can never invite your Uncle Ned to visit because if he flushes you will be in violation but if he doesn’t flush, your whole family could wind up in the emergency room from the fumes. In 2030, that number is reduced to 50 gallons. All in the name of preventing climate change. You will need an accountant to keep track of your water usage.

CBS Sacramento reported:

There will soon be more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers with a new law signed in by the governor.

California is now the first state in the nation to enact tough new water-efficiency standards. The controversial rules limit how many gallons a person can use inside their home per day.

“So that everyone in California is at least integrating efficiency into our preparations for climate change,” said Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

So, what are the new rules?

In 2022, the new indoor water standard will be 55 gallons per person, per day. by 2030, it will fall to 50 gallons.

Just how many gallons do household chores take?

An 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water, a load of laundry up to 40, and a bathtub can hold 80 to 100 gallons of water.

Greg Bundesen with the Sacramento Suburban Water District says they already assist customers.

“We offer toilet rebates, we offer complementary showerheads, we offer complementary faucets,” he said.

The new laws also require water districts to perform stress tests of their water supply and curb loss due to leaks.

“Some people may not be aware that you’re going to use a lot more water in a bath and you wouldn’t shower and it’s our job to make sure they’re informed,” Bundesen said.

Water districts who don’t comply face fines up to $10,000 a day.

The ultimate goal is to make conservation a way of life in California. Outdoor water use is also covered by the new laws.

You will no longer be able to take a bath because the average bath uses 80 gallons of water,  so now might be a good time to stock up on shares of Right Guard.