SACRAMENTO, Calif. — To help manage water resources to deal with the effects of California’s drought and in preparation for any future droughts, the California Energy Commission approved standards for water appliances which will save over 10 billion gallons of water in the first year, according to a press release.

Over time, water savings are forecast to reach 105 billion gallons per year, a savings of over three times the annual amount of water used by San Francisco, stated the release.

The approved energy efficiency and water standards require water appliances to consume less water which in turn will require less energy while performing the same function, continued the release.

Last year, reported the release, California consumed 443 billion gallons of water a year from running faucets and flushing toilets/urinals.

"California is serious about water conservation and is committed to consistent and clear water efficiency policies," said Commissioner Andrew McAllister. "In the face of California's current drought, we must use water as efficiently as possible and updating minimum standards for toilets, urinals and faucets is a step in that direction."

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently issued the first statewide mandatory water restrictions in which the California Energy Commission, in one of the four responsibilities listed in the executive order, is to establish standards improving the efficiency of water appliances, noted the release.

Read the entire press release here.

You can find a press release on the executive order here.