2014 Drought Watch

Late winter rains have brought limited relief to California’s water delivery system, but the Golden State remains locked on drought.

State officials announced April 18 that the initial allocation estimate for the State Water Project will increase from 0% to 5%, though contractors will not be able to draw on those allocations until September. 

Federal deliveries from the Central Valley Project north of the Delta will rise from 40% to 75%, state and federal officials announced Friday.

The 2014 water year (Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2104) is on track to be the third-driest on record and follows two consecutive dry years throughout the state. With the rainy season winding down, DWR says there is little chance of recovering reservoir storage this year.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state Jan. 17 and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions. The governor's drought declaration came with a call for all Californians to do all they can to reduce water use 20%.

The governor directed Californians to the Save Our Water -- a partnership between ACWA and the California Department of Water Resources -- to learn ways to reduce household water use, indoor and outdoor.

  • View materials and presentations from ACWA's Feb. 14 Drought Briefing -- Impacts and Actions: What You Need to Know here.
  • View ACWA's California Drought Update here.

Local Agency Drought Response

Local water agencies across California are taking action in the face of record-dry conditions in early 2014. Many water suppliers are calling on customers to step up conservation efforts, while some already have implemented mandatory restrictions on water use.

The Brown Administration created an interagency Drought Task Force that has been meeting weekly to monitor conditions. Read more about the Drought Task Force here.

In addition, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has appointed two experienced managers to lead preparations for what could be a third consecutive dry year in 2014. Read more here.

Drought Resources

Save Our Water Drought Portal

DWR Drought Portal

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Drought Page

State Water Resources Control Board Drought Year Water Actions Page

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary

California Reservoir Conditions

California Weather Data

U.S. Drought Portal

Central Valley Project Water Supply Information

General information about California Water

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