Hosing down the driveway? Why California has no statewide water wasting rules as it heads into a new drought
A worker sets up irrigation lines to water almond tree rootstocks along Road 36 in Tulare, Calif.. - Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anyone who lived through California’s last big drought from 2012 to 2016 remembers the rules. You couldn’t water your yard so much that the water ran off into the street or sidewalk. Or hose down a driveway. Hotels had to put up signs telling customers they could choose not to have sheets and towels washed every day. Ornamental fountains were prohibited unless they recycled water. Watering landscaping within 48 hours of rain was forbidden. Cities couldn’t water grass on street medians. And if you washed a car with a hose, it had to have a nozzle. Now California is entering a...