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Marin Water Lifts Restrictions, Declares Drought Emergency Over

Patch logo Patch 5/5/2022 Gideon Rubin
Rules requiring swimming pools and spas to have covers to reduce evaporation will remain in effect. © Shutterstock Rules requiring swimming pools and spas to have covers to reduce evaporation will remain in effect.

MARIN COUNTY, CA — Marin’s largest water agency on Wednesday lifted some restrictions as it declared an end to county’s drought emergency.

Local reservoirs are at 90 percent of capacity in large part due to record rainfall in October and December, The Marin Municipal Water District said in a statement Wednesday.

The district is lifting prohibitions on car washing at home, irrigating golf courses (for areas outside greens and tees), filling swimming pools, and allowing new landscaping installations for new service lines, among other restrictions, but rules requiring swimming pools and spas to have covers to reduce evaporation will remain in effect. For a complete list of the county’s water restrictions, visit here.

Marin Water serves over 190,000 county residents.

The changes go into effect immediately.

“It’s a relief to move past the local water shortage emergency, but that doesn’t mean we can let our guard down,” Marin Water Board of Directors President Larry Russell said in a statement.


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“Drought conditions remain for the foreseeable future, so we’ve bolstered our normal year-round water rules to continue to eliminate water waste wherever possible across the communities we serve.”

The announcement comes amid a historic megadrought in the American West and on the heels of California experiencing the driest three-month period to start a new year on record, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The past 22 years have been the driest California and adjacent states have experienced in more than 1,200 years, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Gov. Gavin Newsom last month called on local water suppliers to move to Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.

The plans require agencies to take "locally-appropriate actions" and the directing the State Water Resources Control Board to consider a ban on the watering of decorative grass at businesses and institutions.

"While we have made historic investments to protect our communities, economy and ecosystems from the worsening drought across the West, it is clear we need to do more," Newsom said in a statement.

"Today, I am calling on local water agencies to implement more aggressive water conservation measures, including having the Water Board evaluate a ban on watering ornamental grass on commercial properties, which will drive water use savings at this critical time. Amid climate-driven extremes in weather, we must all continue to do our part and make water conservation a way of life."

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