Hastings Law Journal


The California Water Code authorizes a water distributor to refuse to connect new water service connections during periods of water shortage. This note analyzes the provisions of the Water Code to determine when and for how long such a refusal is justified. The author suggests that a duty to augment the water supply is implicit in the statutes and that the satisfaction of this duty by an exhaustion of all powers, including the power to conserve water by rationing, is a requirement for the continuation of a water hookup moratorium.

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