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Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance AB 1881

Model Ordinance Technical Assistance

For more information about the
Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, please contact
Julie Saare-Edmonds
(916) 651-9676
Landscape@water.ca.gov

Adoption of the Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Please read the attached letter from Department of Water Resources Director regarding the adoption of the Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

Updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Workshops
In October and November 2009 DWR partnered with the California Urban Water Conservation Council and various organizations throughout the state to conduct a series of workshops. Below are the presentation slides

Workshop presentation slides

Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) on September 10, 2009. The regulatory action becomes effective immediately. You can download copies of the updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance either in Microsoft Word (doc) or Acrobat (pdf) from the link below.

  Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance [ Word ] [ PDF ]

For history of the updated MWELO rulemaking and other updated MWELO historical document click here.

Assembly Bill 1881 required that before DWR adopts the updated ordinance, it must report to the Legislature the extent local agencies have complied with the 1990 model water efficient landscape ordinance (AB325-1990). Also, DWR's recommendations regarding the landscape water budget, or the ET adjustment factor, is included in the report. Click here to retrieve the report.

Legislative References
AB 1881 (2006, Laird) Water Conservation
AB 2717 (2004, Laird)-California Urban Water Conservation Council