By Alex Breitler

Record Staff Writer

November 18, 2009

California’s broad new water policy isn’t just about building new dams or canals. For the first time, urban water conservation is mandated by state law.

That law “requires” a 20-percent savings in the amount of urban water used per person by the year 2020. But critics argue that:

» The law does not require a reduction in the total amount of water used.

» The legislation does not really “require” conservation at all. If water districts fail to comply, they risk losing eligibility for state grants or loans; no direct fines or penalties are proposed…

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