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New water restriction rates proposed, State Water Board set to vote next week


The California State Water Board is out with new, revised conservation numbers for water districts throughout the state.

These water restriction rates are part of a final proposal to be voted on next week.

The blanket 25 percent statewide reduction goal issued originally by Governor Jerry Brown was updated on April 18 to include restriction tiers, based on a water district's previous conservation efforts.

The State Water Board said Tuesday, since it released the tier structure earlier this month, it received many comments, with many speaking to the question of fairness and equity. It said concerns were raised including how a local climate, average lot size, population density, and average income might play into conservation rates.

Ultimately though, the tiers were maintained as the best way to achieve maximum conservation. After factoring in new numbers for some communities, several districts on the Central Coast have moved from one tier to another with most seeing an easing of restriction levels.