New water restrictions approved for California residents

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New restrictions on water usage were approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

They have extended and expanded regulations as California enters its fourth year on a historic drought.

The new regulations would require residents to wait two days after rainfall to water lawns and ask for water at restaurants. Residents are also advised to decline fresh towels and sheets at hotels.

Decorative fountains that do not use recirculated water have also been banned.

The new set of regulations comes at a time when reservoirs are reaching low levels as the traditionally rainy winter season ends without significant storms.

Monthly water use has only dropped eleven-percent since last July.

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