Special Webinar Series: Urban Water Conservation in Drought

With emergency regulations on mandatory urban water conservation now in effect, ACWA and the Governor's Office hosted a special webinar series for local water managers, utility directors and staff.

Offered in partnership with the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, the webinars provided a detailed overview by the State Water Resources Control Board of the emergency regulations adopted May 5 and identified tools and resources available to water agencies as they work to meet conservation targets ranging from 4% to 36%.

These events have concluded but the following materials are available.

PowerPoint presentations and archive webinar recordings are linked below by webinar date. Links to applicable websites also are available below in the resources section.

Webinar 1

Urban Water Conservation: Agency Assistance and Tools

Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

View the agenda here

View the archived version of the webinar here


  • New state conservation funding (turf, appliance rebates)
  • Outdoor irrigation regulations for new construction
  • Streamlining efforts for critical water supply projects
  • Technical tools available to water agencies
  • Save Our Water – The State’s Official Water Conservation Outreach Program


Webinar 2 

Emergency Regulations, Enforcement and Water Rate Structures

Tuesday, May 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

View the agenda here

View the archived version of the webinar here

An archived version of this webinar will be posted shortly


  • Key elements of new emergency drought regulations for large systems
  • Water conservation rate structures
  • Conservation water rates, drought surcharges and penalties in light of the Capistrano case
  • Approaches to enforcement – case studies


Webinar 3

Regulations for Small Systems

Tuesday, May 26, 1- 2:30 p.m.

View the agenda here

View the archived version of the webinar here


  • Key elements of new drought regulations for small systems
  • Requirement for self-supplied Commercial, Industrial and Institutional properties
  • Requirement to reduce water production by 25% or limit outdoor irrigation to 2 days per week
  • One-time report due Dec. 15, 2015
  • End-user requirements
  • Reporting water waste complaint portal
  • Enforcement authorities


Resources (Additional Resources Will be Added -- Check Back Soon)