AB 2717 and What It Means to Builders
By Tom Ash
University and public agency studies reveal that
AB 2717, which became law in 2004, is aimed directly at stretching water supplies through more efficient landscape water use. Legislators revised the existing state landscape water conservation law, AB 325, to “make recommendations leading to comprehensive actions that will improve landscape water use efficiency” (AB 2717 task force). Their objectives were reducing current outdoor water consumption by at least 25 percent to avoid water shortages and reduce urban runoff pollution.