10:00 PM PST on Monday, January 10, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Residents and businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County will face stricter water conservation measures under a proposal going before the Board of Supervisors today.

The regulations will mainly affect future residential and commercial construction projects.

Developers would have to install more efficient water irrigation systems, such as one with a “smart” controller that adjusts irrigation based on changing environmental conditions, according to the proposed ordinance.

Projects with landscape areas of more than 2,500 square feet in size would need to submit detailed plans prepared by a landscape architect. Projects would also be subject to annual water budgets.

The ordinance also encourages the use of recycled water where available.

Violators would be subject to code enforcement fines.

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