Good ol’ California

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a draconian new water-rationing law that limits per capita daily water usage to less than the amount needed to shower and do a load of laundry.
Assembly Bill 1668 establishes a limit of 55 gallons per person daily as the standard for indoor residential water use, starting in the year 2022. Violators will have to pay a fine of $1,000 per day during normal seasons and $10,000 per day if “the violation occurs in a critically dry year immediately preceded by two or more consecutive below normal, dry, or critically dry years,” the law states.


I’m sorry but I’m laughing over this one. Jerry Brown has done his absolute damnedest to increase the population of California with illegals while acknowledging with this bill that the State’s population outweighs it’s water supply.
Think about the water that would be freed up if they deported every one of their (under)estimated 2.3 million illegals at 55+ gallons per day.

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32 Responses to Good ol’ California

  1. Hillbilly says:

    Dems fighting words if you live in North Ca.

  2. Unclezip says:

    55 gallons. Per person. Indoors.

    Family of four gets 220 gallons (four 55-gallon drums):

    Morning flush, noon flush and evening flush: ~ 4 gallons, 5.5 – 6 if due diligence is paid to hand washing (heh) = ~ 24
    Morning or evening shower: ~10 gallons if you are really dirty = ~40
    Drinking water: ~ 1 gallon if you factor in coffee, etc = ~4
    Washing dishes: 5 – 15 gallons in a machine, 3 – 4 gallons by hand = ~15 (fudge)
    Incidentals (cooking, indoor cleaning, etc) ~10

    24 + 40 + 4 + 15 + 10 = 94 gallons per day

    So for a family of four (220 gallons!), you’d still have a hard time reaching that individual indoor limit every day, unless they have an indoor growing operation or a giant koi pond in the living room.

    I was told there would be no math, and I haven’t yet had my coffee, so there’s a lot of fudge in there. Anybody?

    • Wirecutter says:

      How does that smart meter tell what’s indoor and what’s outdoor use?
      Don’t forget about the huge number of residential pools/hot tubs in California. Also trees that need watering even if they outlaw lawns.
      And how does an individual actually track how many gallons of water they use?

      • loaded4bear says:

        I guess pets don’t factor into the equation either. I swear I’d fill the water bowl for the GSD and the Danes, 10 times a day.

        • Andrew says:

          Pets are the next thing to be de-legalized. Sections of California have already ruled against large dogs via various anti-bully dog ordinances, and I can’t imagine the crap horse owners are going through right now with the upcoming methane regulations. And the PETA and other enviro-whackos don’t want people to own pets, and they’re pulling at least one set of Moonbeam’s chains.

          Let’s hope New California (without Sacramento, SanFran, LostAngeles et al) actually gets going.

      • Bacon says:

        The most accuracy obviously comes from individual sensors attached to various appliances, but it isn’t necessary. Those stupid smart meters can pretty much guess what water and electricity are being used for based on the usage patterns. Between time of use, length of use, rate of flow, current draw, surge patterns, etc., there are enough data points to map it out fairly easily. And they know things such as gpm flow differences between standardized indoor vs outdoor plumbing, or the surge current drawn by various different appliance motors upon start up. Once you have a certain amount of baseline data, it becomes easy to fill in the blanks.

    • crazyeighter says:

      So are you going to have to declare the number of people under your roof with the utility company now?

    • Judy says:

      You forgot to figure in laundry. A load a day for a family of 4 wouldn’t be unheard of. Last I knew, a top loader used something like 25 gallons every time it filled (one wash and one rinse equals 50 gallons). A front loader was 5 gallons every time it filled: a front loader drains and fills something like 5 times so that would be 25 gallons per load.

    • Bacon says:

      My reply to you came out down below, Unclezip.

  3. Elmo says:

    The state passed a $7 billion water bond in 2014. No water storage improvements have been built since, even though 2 new reservoirs are ready to go. This year there are 2 more water bonds on the ballot, totaling another $13 billion. Most of this money ends up getting doled out to environmental groups for ‘conservation’ projects or is used by the state to purchase land for ‘conservation’ purposes. The relatively small amount of money ‘used’ for water storage doesn’t seem to ever get spent.

    Directors of the agencies who administer these funds tend to come from either the environmental organizations who benefit from these slush funds or are Democrat hack enviros (like the director of the Resources Agency, who is the former homosexual mayor of Santa Cruz and a termed out assemblyman).

    California government is a criminal enterprise.

    • RTinWeimar says:

      “California Government is a Criminal Enterprise” That’ll make a great bumper sticker along with “Government For Sale…Cheap”

  4. Inbred Redneck says:

    Hell, back in the Seventies they were talkin’ about tryin’ to put meters on private wells so they’d be able to tell who might be usin’ more than their fair share of water. I keep hearin’ mutterin’ about that happenin’ now. Remember what’s your ain’t really yours, as far as government is concerned.

    • Elmo says:

      That’ll be coming under Newsom. That, and paying annual state fees for septic tanks.
      And don’t forget wood stoves. They’d love to make them illegal too.

  5. fjord says:

    I see a cholera and other feces borne epidemics in the near future.

  6. Andrew says:

    And, yet, no desalination plants are planned. No super waste water plants exist (ones that produce ‘pure’ water at the end of the process.) All that waste water being wasted.

    And Brown and his cronies will be held to the same standards? Hmmm??? Crickets?????

  7. Mike says:

    Does anybody think that the proposed fines will apply to illegal Mexicans? I don’t see those notorious tightwads paying $1,000, let alone $10,000, for using ‘too much water’. Those cheap fuckers dodge nearly every tax/fine that is aimed at them, they’ll rot in a jail cell before they pry open their wallet and take out so much as $1…….

  8. STW says:

    I moved to California in 1967. It was a pretty nice place. Since then the population has doubled. The supply of water has not increased. Hard to imagine how that could be a problem. It’s not hard to imagine politicians seeing this as an opportunity to enrich their friends and gain power for themselves.

  9. Westcoastdeplorable says:

    First, a while back when we were REALLY in drought, they started telling us to rip up lawns out here in the desert and replace the landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, along with restrictions on how often you could water. Long story short, since it rained a good bit they LIFTED the restrictions causing confusion among the commoners who figured the green light was on, use all you want.
    NOW they come back at us with this dictatorial, contrarian and totally unenforceable shit sandwich. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Cox gets the nod for the fall ballot for gov and that the Dems get jolted by their losses in the general. This state is indeed going looney tunes and not in a fun way.

  10. Will the damn smelts that the State of California has been diverting billions of gallons of water to keep happy get rationed or pay the fine?

  11. Inbred Redneck says:

    Hey, Andrew, not sure where you get your info, but back in the Seventies wastewater was bein’ treated to drinkable standards. I spent most of 14 years workin’ for EBMUD and they even had plans afoot to feed the end product back into the system. Economically and energy-wise, it made sense to input the water in the flatlands of Oakland so that they didn’t have to use the electricity to pump it all the way back into the hills or all the way east to Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek, or north to Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo. As soon as word got out about the the plan, those in the West Oakland area (closest to the sewage treatment plant) protested that the poor blacks (back before POC became the PC term) were bein’ forced to drink the piss-water from the whites (now called honkies) so the idea was dropped.

  12. TEXASLEGAL says:

    Clean drinking water will be a real struggle for every state in the near future… It will be in short supply.

  13. GI-had Joe says:

    Friggin Communists. Reason 5,432 that I left CA. Even considering selling my home in Pleasant Hill and getting out althogether before it collapses inward on itself.

  14. Aesop says:

    They don’t call him Moonbeam for nothing.
    And likely successor Gabbin’ Nuisance is half the brains, and twice the insanity, so he’ll probably just become the second asshat Democrat governor recalled in my lifetime.

    No way to enforce this nonsense whatsoever, and everyone will simply say “GFY!” if they try.
    And as $1K effectively makes the crime a felony in this state, the legal backlog would be accounted in decades, if not centuries. They’d have to start doing round-ups on city streets to get enough juries, as if they ever could, and the response to that would be to turn everyone loose in about a minute.
    Followed, in short order, with stringing up any would-be enforcers, where curiously “nobody saw nothin'”. Be still, my beating heart.

    This is trying to tax air and sunlight, in a state with 5-10M unregistered ARs. Good luck with that plan.
    If you were wondering when they absolutely, positively, unquestionably jumped the shark in Sacramento, this was it.

    They are trying to squeeze a handful of jello.

    What they’ll end up doing is to create a state full of people far better at thwarting the state than complying with their idiocy, which just pre-builds the revolution with ready-made skills when the wheels finally come off the wagon.

    If they announced they were going to hand out rifles and start training anti-government militias, they couldn’t have done a better job than pass this nonsense.

    Water is a public utility. There is no such thing as a “fair share”.
    You can charge me for what I consume, by unit, and that’s it.
    Attempting to fine me for using something that public health law and common sense requires everyone have full and immediate access to just for permitted use of the property, will be thrown out of court so hard the prosecuting attorney’s ass won’t even hit the steps on the way to the street.

    People’s attorney:”We’re charging Mr. Smuckatelli with felony water over-use, your honor.”
    Mr. Smuckatelli’s counsel: “My client had diarrhea that day, and even with low flush toilets, he had to wash his hands afterwards, and was going to the bathroom 5-10 times per hour that day.”
    Judge: “Case dismissed.”

    People’s attorney: “We’re charging Mrs. Calabash for felony over-water use, your Honor.”
    Calabash’s counsel: “She was caring at home for her sick child, and had to wash her hands before and after every patient contact, or else be guilty of child endangerment for that child and the rest of her family according to state law.”
    Judge: “Case dismissed.”

    Judge: “Clerk, how many more of these total wastes of time do we have to go?”
    Clerk: “435,627 today, Judge.”
    Judge: They’re all dismissed. Court adjourned.”

    Game over, before it even hits the starting blocks.

    And the state will be sued, and lose, out of more money than it has or could ever tax, annually, for constructively evicting the entire state population from their own homes, and making them unlivable.
    The state will also become an immediate co-defendant every time someone gets the shits, and blames lack of employee handwashing due to state water restrictions as the proximate cause. The line of lawyers suing the State of CA for cause at that point will stretch from the state line to Omaha and Seattle, and the local firms will be running three shifts a day, six days a week, by noon of the second week.

    And then the casual and regular vigilante lynchings of politicians will start in earnest, followed by those of news crews and reporters.

    Even the cops will be part of the mobs long before that point.

    Mark my words.

    Call me when all the reservoirs are literally empty, and see who gets tagged for that state of affairs then.
    40,000,000:1 at that point, it won’t be me or anyone else for washing too many loads of laundry or flushing twice.
    And when the cost of everyone’s food soars nationwide because they cut off even more farmers in the Central Valley breadbasket, it won’t be the national guard that’s coming, it’ll be the 82nd Airborne and the 1st Armored Division, and the State Capitol will be the target, not the protectorate. They’ll round those assholes up on 5000 various federal charges so fast your head will spin, and the trials will be in batches on the state capitol lawn. State politicians and bureaucrats will be stacked 9 to a cell in Terminal Island; they may even have to re-open Alcatraz.

    More, harder, faster.
    Keep fighting reality, Democrats.

    • Mike_C says:

      What ever makes you think that water laws will be enforced across the board? Apart from the fairly trivial “optics” of seeming to do something, the real point of such laws is to criminalize everything, so they can get anyone for something. This is the kind of thing that is pulled out to harass the politically inconvenient.

      Also, apropos of nothing in particular, I’d note that 55 gal/day may or may not be comfortable in terms of leading a first world lifestyle, but one can drown a person with less than five gallons of water, and it’s a one-time expenditure. Alcatraz will not be necessary.

    • rick says:

      I figure this law which does make it a felony to overuse a public utility (which Aesop has said), which is up front so ludicrous as to be laughable, has to make sense somehow.

      It eludes me how it makes sense. Consider that the commies have a majority in both houses of the legislature. They had a super majority until three of them were found guilty of serious ethics violations.

      I can only figure that this law is to be used for tit for tat negotiations. The law doesn’t kick in for another three years. So is the communist party (don’t call them Democrats for that is well and truly a misnomer) seeing something we don’t yet see?

      We know the ‘blue wave’ is bull shit. Could it be that California is going to turn away from the stinking commies sooner than expected? And that they are using this law to build an arsenal for that time to come?

  15. Bacon says:

    There’s ALWAYS math! And there’s always fudge too.

    I don’t think their numbers were ever aimed at being reasonable or accurate. Instead, I think they are trying to push people to conserve — replace older appliances, fix leaks, maybe xeriscape, etc.

    Your math isn’t bad for a back of the napkin estimate. But maybe you’re giving them way too much credit. Might as well assume that they simply made the numbers up, just pulled em out of nowhere.

    • Aesop says:

      “Arbitrary and capricious” is the legal standard by which even gun laws, even in this whackjob state, are regularly overturned by even lefty loon judges with no problem whatsoever.

      The 55 gal./day/person provision will be gone in about a minute and a half, at which point, it’s no longer a law, it’s just a suggestion.

      Game over.

      Then we get to even “smart” meters being unable to determine in-house vs. yard use. Water going from mains through the meter is water. There’s thus no way for anyone, anywhere to ever tell if I was filling a pool, watering the yard, or taking 56 showers.

      This is simply unenforceable, retarded nonsense happy-gas legislation from a legislature with a combined IQ low enough to qualify as one person who’s mentally retarded. Divided by the 100 or so @$$holes in the capitol including Moonbeam, it means they’re each about as intelligent as fungus, and less useful, even if they were shredded into slices and baked into pizza.

      • Bacon says:

        I agree with you about the first part and about the last part. The whole thing is essentially bullshit.

        Regarding smart meters, I stand by what I said earlier. The usage patterns, including flow rates and on/off cycles, generally give enough data to determine whether the water usage is flowing through interior pipes or an exterior automatic irrigation system. That’s because it’s not simply water flowing from the main; the meters can track minute changes in pressure and compare them to algorithms based on data tables from plumbing appliance manufacturers.

        It’s easy enough to fool the system if you can do basic plumbing. But I think we’re talking about the normal usage patterns followed by most sheep.

        • Aesop says:

          Uh huh.

          So tell me the difference between watering my yard using a garden hose and sprinkler for 15 minutes, versus taking a shower for 15 minutes or running a bath.

          Then what happens when the kids fill the wading pool while the wife’s doing a load of dishes and laundry, and watering the garden?

          Tell me which gallons and how many go where. Show all work.

          I’ll wait.

          Not-So-Smart-Meter undone, in 2 seconds.

          And that totally overlooks the problem of multiple-unit housing, which is roughly half the population of the entire state. There’s no way to know who, in a 70-unit building, is using what water, when, where, or why.
          So anybody renting has a built in incentive to take half-hour showers, because no one can ever tell who did it, and the property owner has no control over the water use.

          There’s no way to ever functionally untangle it. It’s like trying to give out traffic tickets by using the psychic hotline to tell you who’s speeding.

          This is legislation based on vaporware, and proof, if anyone needed it, that there should be an IQ requirement to enter politics or hold office.
          (The fact that such a thing would disqualify pretty much the entire CA legislature by noon tomorrow is just a happy coincidence of such a requirement, I swear.) It’s also why so many of their silly-ass schemes get thrown out in court the first time they’re challenged, like this one will be by Jan 2, 2020, the first working day after it takes effect, if it isn’t halted by injunction first, before it ever goes into effect.

          “No, really, we’ll just ration the entire state’s water use, arbitrarily, and it’ll totally work…”

          Pull the other one Gov, Moonbeam, it’s got bells on it.

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