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Now It’s Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day

The Organic Prepper

Governor Jerry Brown is retiring but not before he passes a few draconian laws as parting gifts for California. Two bills were signed into law on Thursday of last week to “help California be better prepared for future droughts and the effects of climate change.”

The mandatory water conservation standards will be permanent, according to their wording, and not just for use in times of crisis. To make a long story short, now that these bills are law, it’s illegal to take a shower and do a load of laundry in the same day because you’ll exceed your “ration.”  

Here’s the wording of the new laws.

Senate Bill 606 establishes a “governing body” to oversee all water suppliers, both private and public and will require extensive paperwork from those utility companies.

Assembly Bill 1668 is where it gets personal.  This establishes limits on indoor water usage for every person in California and the amount allowed will decrease even further over the next 12 years.

The bill, until January 1, 2025, would establish 55 gallons per capita daily as the standard for indoor residential water use, beginning January 1, 2025, would establish the greater of 52.5 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use, and beginning January 1, 2030, would establish the greater of 50 gallons per capita daily or a standard recommended by the department and the board as the standard for indoor residential water use. The bill would impose civil liability for a violation of an order or regulation issued pursuant to these provisions, as specified.

If you’re wondering how the government would know how much water your family is using, the utility providers will be obligated to rat you out of face massive fines. And they’re encouraged to spy in all sorts of creative ways. They “shall use satellite imagery, site visits, or other best available technology to develop an accurate estimate of landscaped areas.”

Some analysis

Now, if you’re wondering where I get my assertion that you can’t shower and do laundry on the same day, here’s some math:

  • An 8-minute shower uses about 17 gallons of water
  • A load of laundry uses about 40 gallons of water
  • A bathtub holds 80 to 100 gallons of water
  • A dishwasher uses 6 gallons of water

There are also standards to be established for outdoor use such as landscaping, caring for livestock, and gardening, but those numbers don’t seem to be available at this time. Maybe Californians just get to wait in suspense to see if their chickens are allowed to have water on the same day as their vegetables. Back when I lived in California, we were only “allowed” to water our gardens two times per week, which, in that heat, as you can imagine, didn’t lead to very productive gardens.

Farmers on a larger scale will have to jump through numerous hoops and create water management plans which must then be approved by the people in suits because obviously, they’ll know more about the needs of crops and livestock than the farmers will

Oh, and don’t worry, rich people. There will be “provisions for swimming pools, spas, and other water features.” So you can still have your pretty fountains and pools while the rest of the peons take 2 showers a week. One might wonder if ‘variances” will apply to the wealthy for their landscaping needs.

“The State Water Resources Control Board, which will oversee local agencies’ progress, will also consider possible “variances” for some districts that need additional allowances due to specific local circumstances.” (source)

Both Brown and his most-likely successor, Gavin Newsom, want to spend $17 billion to build a tunnel that will bring water from resource-rich Northern California down to bone-dry Southern California. This means, even the parts of California that DO have water will be restricted in its use.

What if you don’t comply?

If you don’t plan to comply it’s going to be way cheaper to move. Here are the fines Californians will be looking at – and it’s not a typo – these fines are PER DAY.

(1) If the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years or during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency under the California Emergency Services Act (Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 8550) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code) based on drought conditions, ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.
(2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.

It’s important to note that your usage is only tracked if you have municipal water. If you have a well, at this point, you will probably be okay. Back when I lived there, the idea of metering private wells and billing the owners for use had been floated around, but most people resisted and it wasn’t enforced. If you truck your water in, you can also use as much as you need to.

For years it was illegal to use greywater systems in California, despite the epic droughts. Those regulations have been loosened, however, compliance is still extremely onerous. (Get the details here.) And rainwater catchment is not only legal, it’s encouraged. In fact, there’s a ballot on the table that is a “measure to allow rainwater capture systems to be installed without counting as new construction for the purposes of reassessing property taxes.”

Don’t think this only affects California

Not only are Californians fleeing the state in droves, but there are other ways these restrictive laws can affect the rest of us directly.

  • These stringent measures set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country.
  • There could be a shortage of food coming out of California because there isn’t enough water to produce it.
  • The food we do get from there will cost a lot more.

It’s important to pay attention to stuff like this and not shrug it off because “I don’t live in California.” In an economy such as ours, we’re all interlinked. A draconian law that gains a footing in one part of the country is much easier to pass in other parts.

The Organic Prepper

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20 Responses to Now It’s Against the Law in California to Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day

  1. Sunfire says:

    Why do such draconian laws exist? It is because of the same reason that the country is saturated with illegal aliens and psychopathic sociopaths are in our highest offices: we allow it. It’s no different than the bully on the playground or the pirate ships that once terrorized the Caribbean, until the source is shut down, it will only get worse and worse. Oh, and did I mention that Nazi Jersey’s new scumbag just passed a law re-instating the “Obummercare penalty”? Yeah, this country is going straight to hell in a hand basket.

  2. Anne says:

    this is ridiculous. What does a toilet use? You literally won’t be able to live in your house. People with babies/kids do multiple loads of laundry per day. I own a house in CA I was renting out. this is it for me, it is going up for Sale now that the current renter’s lease is expiring.

  3. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    Next will be the number of toilet flushes.

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    But of course, there’s plenty of water for Nestle to pump millions of gallons per day out of the reservoirs for their sales of bottled water.

    85% of all drinking water in this country is used by private industry, but the public is always squeezed out of their share of the water with “flow restricting shower heads”, and usage ordinances.

    And by the way, DO NOT buy a new washing machine, because they’re “water saving” devices that don’t thoroughly rinse the soap out of your clothing. Keep getting your old one repaired as long as you can get parts for it.

    • Mark H says:

      The Speedqueen brand has the water saving selection now but it is only a selection not a full on requirement of use. You can find used machines that have no water saving features. Other manufactures are full water saving machines especially the front loading pieces of garbage. The Speedqueen brand is also repairable as they are commercial grade top loaders(mainly) with internal agitators and can be found in many laundromats. Parts are readily available and if you know what you are doing can be fixed with ease. On a side note if you decide to get one do yourself a favor and get a bare bones model meaning dials only with less digital operation as it will make future repairs easier.

  5. mary in ND says:


    ‘Libya’s “Water Wars” and Gaddafi`s Great Man-Made River Project | Global Research . . . This Could Be Primary Water . . .
    In 1996, during the opening of Phase II of the Great Man-Made River Project, Gaddafi said:

    This is the biggest answer to America and all the evil forces who accuse us of being concerned with terrorism. We are only concerned with peace and progress. America is against life and progress; it pushes the world toward darkness.

    “The wars of the 21st century will be fought over water”.’

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “… ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.
    (2) For all violations other than those described in paragraph (1), one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each day in which the violation occurs.”

    It’s NOT about water conservation.

    It never is.

  7. Bob M says:

    Come on people, lets share. We have a growing hispanic immigrant population that picks our food..(off the store shelves like locusts)…

  8. Peter says:

    She can tell you bout the plane crash with a gleam In her eye It’s interesting when people die-

  9. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    Ok then,

    Get rid of the extravagantly large lawns, quit with the ridiculous water fountains in front of the hotels, quit with all of the foliage you see in the yards of these million dollar mansions, get rid of the lawns that have to be watered in the medians in the middle of the goddamned roads,tell Nancy Pelosi to get rid of her 500 gallon bathtub and her fkg lake for a swimming pool.

    Quit with the tax funded stadiums with all of the natural grass that needs thousands of gallons of water a day.

    Make the billionaires cut back just like the rest of us, take their goddamned hobby vineyards and burn the mfkrs to the ground. Their wine taste like sht anyways.

    • DL. says:

      See my comment below, Mark. And what you said in your comment (that I agree with) will likely never happen. Like the post said, they’ll either use “variances” or simply bribe the officials…

  10. H D says:

    Now if the removed all the illegal aliens there look at all the water they could save.

  11. DL. says:

    When they arrest some multi-millioniare movie/TV/rock/rap/pop star or director/producer/agent/handler/pedophile in Beverly Hills/Bel Air/Laurel Canyon or Techie oligarch in Silicaon Valley for using more water than “:allowed” in a state where ordinary people have to ration water while said celebrities get to water their lawns twice a day….

    Now does anyone here actually think THAT will ever happen?

  12. Enemy of the State says:

    Its Illegal to be a US National in California , you have to be illegal and act accordingly

  13. paul c says:

    when they come to enforce that totalitarian fine give them 10,000 Bullets!

  14. paul c says:


  15. paul c says:

    and if they come to take your guns first ,do the same, shoot the Bastards!

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