Proposed water regulations would apply to commercial businesses

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EUREKA- California is in its 4th year of the drought and now the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted more emergency regulations to conserve water, which the entire state may have to follow.

The regulations adopted last summer would continue under the new proposal, but the new rules would apply to commercial businesses.  One of those regulations requires restaurants to only serve waters upon request. The State Board adopted the regulations earlier this week.  But now, the Office of Administrative Law will have to approve the mandates for the rules to take effect. The regulations are expected to go into effect by next month at the earliest.  The owner of Village Pantry in Eureka, David Thompson, says he is ready for the change.

"I'm not surprised because the water restrictions have been in Southern California for quite some time, so we will probably comply with that in the next few weeks and it really shouldn't be much of a problem for us to do so," said Thompson.