A new report by the State Water Resources Control Board suggests that Californians may need to make adjustments to their water use policies if the state wants to keep its water supply stable and meet future demands.
The board said it has a plan for addressing some of the most significant water conservation challenges in California.
“While the state will not always meet its water use goals, we will continue to be prudent, mindful, and adaptive in our approach to addressing these challenges,” said the report from the board.
Among the recommendations are: Using more sustainable water management practices such as using more water for landscaping, increasing the amount of water used in agriculture and ranching, reducing the amount used in residential water use and building new water-efficient systems, which can lower water consumption.
The report recommends water conservation targets of 10 percent of water use for irrigation and 80 percent for irrigation.
The new recommendations are based on a comprehensive analysis of current water use trends and the changes in water use patterns, according to the board’s report.
It also includes a recommendation to require water use targets for homes and commercial properties, and for businesses, businesses with fewer than 10 employees, and residential users.
The recommendations will help Californians meet their water conservation goals for the year 2020.
The state’s plan to address the most critical water conservation issues has been under review since 2014.
In January, the board issued a report saying the state is using up about 15 percent of the water supply to meet demand.
The study said the state has been using about 15.7 billion gallons of water a day to meet the state and federal water demands, compared with a total of about 25 billion gallons in the previous year.
In addition, the report said the number of households using more than 50 percent of their water supply for water use has increased to 523,000, from about 180,000 in the past year.
Water use in the last fiscal year fell to about 40 percent of total consumption.