The SFPUC is set to vote Tuesday on new water restrictions that would be implemented should the state face another serious drought. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

The SFPUC is set to vote Tuesday on new water restrictions that would be implemented should the state face another serious drought. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF considering new water restrictions during droughts

San Francisco may still be damp from its recent rainstorm, but that doesn’t mean city officials are drying up plans to prepare for another possible drought.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is set to vote Tuesday on new Excessive Residential Water Use During Drought Rules and Regulations to comply with state requirements for urban water suppliers to discourage excessive residential water use during a drought.

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The new regulations would establish a 500-gallon-a-day limit on water use for customers in single-family homes and individually metered multi-family homes, and authorize an excess use fine of $150 for each 30-day period a customer’s average daily water use exceeds the threshold.

The new regulations would apply when the governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency due to a drought, and mandatory residential water reductions are implemented by the SFPUC.

SEE RELATED: Forecasters predict another rainy day in SF

Gov. Jerry Brown on Aug. 29, 2016 — years into California’s historic drought — approved legislation prohibiting excessive water use during a drought and effective January requiring urban retail water suppliers to establish a way to identify and discourage excess water use.

As of December, almost a third of California was not experiencing drought conditions for the first time since 2013, but weather experts say California is not out of the woods just yet, the San Francisco Examiner previously reported. Below-average precipitation in 2015 means that water officials in San Francisco are still playing catch-up when it comes to filling up the six reservoirs in the Hetch Hetchy water system.

The SFPUC meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall.

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