Implementing the Executive Order

DWR, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Energy Commission have collaborated to identify actions and recommendations that can satisfy the directives issued in 2016 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Executive Order B-37-16, and identify a timeline for their implementation. With the stakeholder input, the state agencies (mentioned above) developed actions and recommendations to address all the directives in the Executive Order.


Actions that will be implemented within existing authorities:

  • Emergency water conservation regulation for 2017
  • Permanent prohibition of wasteful practices
  • Reduce water supplier leaks and water losses
  • Certification of innovative technologies for water conservation and energy efficiency


Recommendations that will require additional authority for implementation:

  • New water use targets based on strengthened standards
  • Strengthen urban water shortage contingency plan
  • Improve drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities
  • Update agricultural water management plan requirements


Directives that will be incorporated into the above actions and recommendations, where applicable:

  • Acceleration of data collection
  • Consultation
  • Methods for reporting, compliance, and enforcement


The 5 state agencies prepared a report on the conservation framework for the Governor’s Office, the State Legislature, and the public to summarize their individual and collective implementation actions and recommendations for all items contained in Executive Order B-37-16 to achieve the goal of making conservation a way of life in California.

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