How California Water Agencies Are Responding to Record-Dry Conditions

Updated July 21, 2014

Local water agencies across California are taking action in the face of dry conditions in 2014, the state's third consecutive dry year. Many water suppliers are calling on customers to step up conservation efforts, while some have implemented mandatory restrictions on water use. 

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Mandatory Restrictions / Stage 1, 2, 3 or 5 Water Alert Declared

  • Alameda County Water District - March 13: Water shortage declared and adoption of a water shortage emergency ordinance with mandatory restrictions and prohibitions focusing on non-essential use of water with a 20% savings target. Restrictions include draining and refilling of existing swimming pools, using a hose to wash driveways or other hard surfaces, and when in use, all hoses must be equipped with quick-acting positive shutoff nozzles. The ordinance outlines landscape irrigation prohibiting watering on consecutive days with limits of two days per week from June 1 – September 30, otherwise irrigation is allowed one day per week. A progressive enforcement policy is in place and customers are encouraged to report water waste
  • Atascadero Mutual Water Company - Feb. 12 declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Condition to more tightly control outdoor water use, which accounts for more than half of the total water demand. The
    goal of the declaration is to reduce overall water use by 20%.
  • Bella Vista Water District - Feb. 27: Declared a water shortage emergency. No outside watering during daytime hours; no new landscaping for new development; no supply for construction or hauled water outside district boundary; no filling of new ponds or new lakes.
  • Big Bear City Community Services District - On Monday, February 3, 2014 the CSD Board of Directors voted to implement mandatory Stage 1 Water Restrictions: Waste is prohibited;watering with sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. is prohibited; no run-off; no turf irrigation between Nov. 1 and April 1; Decorative ponds, fountains and waterways in excess of 20 gallons shall not be filled with water from the District’s water system; brushes, not hoses; vehicles washed with buckets and shut-off nozzles; water only upon request in restaurants; fix leaks immediately.
  • Bonanza Springs Water System - Stage 3 of drought management plan: Calling for 35% mandatory reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Brooktrails Township - April 22. Water emergency declared; limit of 180 gallons per day per connection.
  • Calaveras County Water District - June 12: Stage 3 Mandatory Water Conservation declared. Use of water for cleaning hardscape is prohibited; all irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; water may only be used in decorative fountains and recreational ponds to preserve aquatic life; filling new or existing pools is prohibited; irrigation will only be allowed on an odd/even watering program; water for irrigation of commercial landscape, schools and parks shall be reduced by 35 percent.  If customers violate the conservation order, they will first receive a written warning. If the problem persists, those in violation will have their water governed by a flow-restricting device for a period of 30 days, or until the CCWD Board of Directors repeals the state of emergency. The district may also pursue a misdemeanor violation of California Water Code Section 31029. If convicted of this crime, a person could be put in jail for up to 30 days, fined up to $600, or both.
  • Cambria Community Services District – Water Rationing, March 1: Each permanent residence will be allotted two units of water per month, or four per the two-month billing cycle (one unit is 748 gallons, or 100 cubic feet). Permanent residents can apply for additional unit allotments. If a dwelling exceeds the allotment, a 500 percent surcharge will apply for the first violation, a 1,000 percent surcharge for the second, and further violations will be subject to discontinuance. Commercial users will be required to reduce use to 80 percent of their 12-month average.
  • Citrus Heights Water District - Mandatory Stage 3 Water Warning. No run-off; automatic shut-off nozzles; leaks fixed within three days; recirculating pumps in pools; fountains; no washing of paved surfaces.
  • City of Arroyo Grande– Permanent mandatory water conservation restrictions in effect. City is stepping up monitoring and enforcement of water use restrictions as of Jan. 17.
  • City of Avalon - July 1: Restrictions fall under Stage 2; customers must reduce by 25% or face penalties.
  • City of Benicia - Effectively immediately through October 15, 2014, the emergency ordinance stipulates that residents may water three days a week only, based on address.

    between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8 a.m

  • City of Calistoga - Stage II Water Emergency Resolution. Beginning March 1, 2014, the city will be enforcing Stage II mandatory water conservation efforts to achieve the desired goal of a 20% reduction in water use as compared to the previous year’s water use, and impose economic penalties.
  • City of Folsom – Adopted city-wide Water Warning requiring 20% reduction in water use. Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of city water for construction purposes without approval. 
  • City of Grover Beach - June 16: the City Council declared a Stage III Water Shortage for the City of Grover Beach, a severe-mandatory measure that requires all water customers to reduce their water usage by 10%. Additionally, a number of prohibitions that had previously been "voluntary" during the two years of the Stage II Water Shortage Declaration are now "mandatory". The Stage III Declaration will also provide the City the authority to impose penalties for failure to comply with water reduction or use prohibitions.
  • City of Healdsburg – Declared a water shortage emergency on Jan. 21, implementing Stage 2 mandatory conservation measures limiting outdoor irrigation and calling on businesses to reduce use. Healdsburg is aiming to cut use by 20%. Voluntary conservation was in effect since June 2013.
  • City of Livermore: May 12: Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Measures. Reduce outdoor water use by 50%. Water lawns two days per week, odd/even schedule between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no run-off; vehicles washed no more than once monthly with bucket and hose with shut-off nozzle; clean paved surfaces with broom and bucket, not hose; swimming pools and spas coveredwhen not in use; water upon trequest in restaurants.
  • City of Long Beach - Feb. 27: Declared a water supply shortage. Prohibited use of water: Irrigating landscape with potable water any day other than Monday, Thursday, or Saturday; serving drinking water if not requested; irrigating landscape with potable water for more than 10 minutes per authorized day if using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute, or for more than 20 minutes per authorized day if using stream rotator-type or gear driven sprinkler heads rated at emitting less than one gallon per minute.
  • City of Modesto – Outdoor water use restrictions in effect.
  • City of Morgan Hill - April 2: Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Declared implementing the mandatory measures needed to achieve a 20% reduction in water use. Limits on Watering Days: Watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday, during the months of April through October. Watering limitations decrease further, to one day a week beginning in November. That day will be Wednesday. Fix leaks immediately; no washing down of hard surfaces.
  • City of Morro Bay - Severely Restricted Water Supply Conditions. Irrigation of public and private landscaping by address; no water used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks and other hardscapes. Bucket to wash cars. Water upon request in restaurants.
  • City of Pasa Robles -  Level 2 condition means that a 20% reduction in overall city water demand is needed to ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet anticipated summer water demands. Mandatory outdoor water restrictions are in effect beginning May 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2014. Customers are required to limit watering to 3-days per week, avoiding the hours between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Watering schedule restrictions are voluntary from October 1 through April 30. Prohibition on excessive water runoff; car washing allowed only with a bucket and hose shutoff nozzle; prohibition on washing down paved surfaces, except under certain conditions.
  • City of Pismo Beach - July 1: the Pismo Beach City Council declared a citywide Severely Restricted Water Supply Condition. No run-off; outdoor water use for boats, buildings or other similar uses shall be attended and have shutoff nozzles; no water shall be used for cleaning driveways, patios, parking lots, sidewalks, streets, or other such uses except by the city contracted street sweeper, or as found necessary by the city to protect the public health or safety; outdoor irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; customers are directed to use no more water than necessary to maintain landscaping; restaurants shall serve drinking water only in response to a specific request by a customer; use of potable water for compaction or dust control purposes in construction activities is prohibited.
  • City of Pleasanton - May 6: Ordering residents and business owners to mandatorily cut water usage by 25 percent. Requiring all of Pleasanton's municipal facilities as well as its parks, golf course and residential customers not to exceed 75 percent of the water they used last year. The limits are effective immediately.
  • City of Roseville- March 24: Calling for a mandatory 20% reduction in water use by residents and businesses.  The water use reductions also require commercial water customers to reduce their outdoor irrigation by 30 percent, bans the washing of cars without a water nozzle or without going to a commercial car wash, prohibits washing of hardscape surfaces unless for health and safety purposes, and prohibits water waste.
  • City of Sacramento – Mandatory 20% reduction in water use. Odd/even landscape watering two days a week, between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m.; car washing on landscape days only with bucket and trigger nozzle.
  • City of San Diego - July 1: San Diego entered a “Level 1” Drought Alert. Water  no more than three days per week, in addition to permanent irrigation restrictions that mandate watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer and after 4 p.m. in the winter. When watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler on a timer should be used. When it rains, yards should not be watered. Wash vehicles before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer, using recycled water for construction purposes, when available and limiting the use of fire hydrants to firefighting, construction, health and safety. Permanent mandatory water restrictions include immediately fixing any leaks and residents not using a running hose to wash down driveways, sidewalks, patios or other paved areas. The overfilling of pools and spas is also prohibited. Also, restaurants should only serve or refill water for patrons upon request.
  • City of Santa Barbara - A Stage Two Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council May 20, 2014. Hoses must have automatic shut-off nozzles;irrigation is limited to between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Cars and boats must be washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water, or by hose with shut-off nozzle. The use of water in ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited except: if located indoors or on residential properties; for fountains that have a total water surface area less than or equal to 25 ft.²;  are home to aquatic life.Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use. No draining or refilling of pools by more than one third, unless authorized. Drought notices required in restaurants and hotels; water served on request only.
  • City of Santa Cruz - On Feb. 25 formally declared a water shortage emergency. May 1: Residents in single-family homes will be allotted 249 gallons per day at regular rates. Households with more than four residents can request an additional allotment and households with fewer than four are asked to keep water use to 60 gallons per person per day. Customers who use more than their allotment will pay $25 for the first 10% over and $50 for every 10% over after that.
  • City of Sierra Madre – Implemented mandatory water conservation measures for all water customers in Sierra Madre in May 2013. Still in effect. 
  • City of Visalia – Adopted ordinance limiting outdoor watering, car washing, etc. to specific days.
  • City of Wasco - The Wasco City Council voted in February to implement stage two of the city’s water conservation ordinance, which regulates outdoor watering, sidewalk washing and other uses. Enforcement begins March 4.
  • City of Woodlake - June 1: Stage 4 Water Restrictions: Outdoor irrigation of vegetation is allowed before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on designated days; washing of vehicles not occurring at commercial car washes and not in the immediate interest of public health, safety and/or welfare is prohibited; washing of sidewalks and driveways is prohibited, unless necessary for public health; the operation of ornamental fountains, waterfalls or similar structures is prohibited; draining and refilling of pools is prohibited. Administrative fines for violations are $75, $150 and $300.
  • Cloverdale – Imposed mandatory water conservation measures on Jan. 22, with the intent to curtail water use by 25%.
  • Dublin San Ramon Water District - May 5, 2014: Residential use must not exceed 640 gallons per day. Customers must comply with a mandatory 25% reduction in water use.If potable water is used to irrigate outdoors; must reduce outdoor use by 60%. The district is now offering free recycled water at three stations. Customers can fill water tanks or any other containers with up to 300 gallons to be used for irrigation, fill decorative fountains, wash horses or any other use other than drinking.
  • East Orange County Water District - Year-round permanent mandatory restrictions since June 2009. Water only 10 minutes daily; no run-off; brooms, not hose; trigger nozzle, buckets to wash car; water and linens upon request.
  • El Dorado Irrigation District - Encouraging customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 30%. Effective April 22: implemented mandatory watering restrictions, based upon address, between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m., three days a week. Turn off during rain.
  • Las Virgenes Municpal Water District - Reduce usage by 20%. No irrigation between 10 a.m.-5 p.m., no run-off, broom instead of hose, trigger nozzles. Second violation $50, third violation $100, fourth $250, fifth district may restrict flow or terminate service.
  • Lompico County Water District - On Jan. 21, Lompico passed a Phase III mandatory water rationing ordinance to attain 30 percent cut in usage. No watering of lawns. Customers are strongly encouraged to take additional measures to conserve water, such as limiting use of washing machines and dishwashers, and bathing duration.
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power --Mandatory conservation measures in place since 2009, including limitations on outdoor watering (three days a week, assigned to odd / even addresses, prohibitions on runoff into streets and gutters from excessive watering, serving water to restaurant customers unless requested, etc.)
  • Montecito Water District - Cessation of all new water service accounts, or increase in size of existing water meter accounts; scheduled irrigation; no draining and refilling of pools; water upon request in restaurants; hotels offer no fresh linen service. Penalties imposed for violations. Water rationing in effect.
  • Mountain House Community Services District - Approved mandatory water conservation rules on Feb. 12, restricting daytime irrigation and other outdoor water use.
  • Mt. Hannah Water District - May 13: Emergency restrictions were approved and an emergency countywide drought declaratation Stage 3 was extended once more. Mandatory 35% reduction. 
  • Orange Vale Water Company - Mandatory 20% reduction. Requesting no outdoor irrigation.
  • Paradise Valley Water - March 4: Elevated to stage 3 of the drought management plan. Stage 3 of the drought management plan requires mandatory 35% reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Rancho Murieta Community Services District – Adopted a Stage 2 Water Alert on Jan. 17 requiring mandatory water use restriction for homes and businesses. Landscape irrigation is limited to a maximum of two days per week when necessary.
  • Redwood Valley County Water District - Households will receive 50 gallons per person; agricultural customers will receive 0%.
  • Rio Linda/Elverta Water District - Mandatory 15% reduction. Odd/even watering three days a week; hoses should have automatic shut-off nozzles; fix leaks; no run-off; no washing down of hard surfaces; wash cars with bucket or at recycling car wash.
  • Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District - On Feb. 24 adopted 50 percent mandatory cutbacks in an effort to maintain as much water as possible in drought-plagued Lake Mendocino.
  • San Juan Water District - Mandatory 25% reduction. No run-off; leaks fixed within two days; washing hard surfaces prohibited; restaurant water upon request; new turf or landscaping prohibited.
  • San Lorenzo Water District - May 1:  Drought Emergency declared. Stage 2 mandatory outdoor restrictions: No watering or irrigating between the hours of 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; no watering on Monday; watering permitted only 3 days a week, by address; limit irrigation to 15 minutes per station; do not wash down hard or paved surfaces; do not initially fill, or drain and refill residential swimming pools; shut-off nozzles are required on all hoses.
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District -  Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Feb. 25 calling for mandatory measures to reach a water use reduction target equal to 20% of 2013 water use, through Dec. 31, 2014. Retail water agencies, local municipalities and the county of Santa Clara are recommended to implement mandatory measures as needed to achieve the 20% water use reduction target.
  • Santa Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought. Prohibited uses of water include allowing water run-off; not fixing leaks or making arrangments to fix leaks within 24 hours notice; washing of hard or paved surfaces; the washing of vehicles without a shut-off nozzle on hose; the operation of an ornamental fountain without water being recirculated.
  • South Coast Water District - Three days to fix leaks; designated days to water.
  • Starview Water System - Stage 3 of drought management plan. Calling for 35% mandatory reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Templeton Community Services District – Jan. 1: Implemented mandatory restrictions and a Water Severity Level I. Customers must reduce use by 20%.
  • Trabuco Canyon Water District - Mandatory restrictions in effect since Jan. 1, 2009. ƒWatering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no more than 10 minutes per station, per day;no watering while raining; no runoff; no washing down hard or paved surfaces: prohibited except when necessary to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards, and then only by use of hand-held bucket or hose equipped with an automatic shut off nozzle. Same for car washing. No refilling of swimming pools and spas. Water fountains must have a re-circulating water system. Drinking water served upon request only.
  • Tuolumne County  -- Feb. 4 declared a drought emergency with a mandatory 50% reduction in water usage.
  • Tuolumne Utilities District - Jan. 28 Drought Emergency Declared with Mandatory Restrictions: Excessive water usage is prohibited.
    50% reduction is necessary by all of our customers to get through this water shortage. Any customer that does not reduce their water use compared to the same month last year by 25% could face fines. Limit or stop all outside watering. No lawn watering. Violators face a fine of up to $500 after failing to heed warnings.No washing vehicles, boats, trailers, equipment, or other vehicles. Also no washing of sidewalks, walkways or driveways by hose or faucet connected to the public water supply.
  • Twain Harte Community Services District - All Phase III conservation measures be implemented immediately with a mandatory reduction of 50% until such time that the board of directors find that emergency conditions no longer exist.

Voluntary Measures Enacted

  • Amador Water Agency - Encouraging customers to voluntarily conserve water by 20%.
  • Aromas Water District - Voluntary 20%: low flow, shorter showers; low flow toilets; fix leaks; full loads; reduce outdoor watering; replace lawn with drought tolerant plants, irrigate in the early morning or
    cool evening, avoid watering when it is windy, use shut off nozzles on hoses.
  • Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency - Requests its water customers, including its 26 wholesale water customers, to voluntarily reduce water consumption by at least 10%.
  • Bodega Bay Public Utiltities District - Voluntary conservation - Indoors: Only run full loads;don’t let the water run while you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth; use water saving shower heads and take shorter showers; fix leaky faucets and toilets. Outdoors: Use drip irrigation for your flowers, trees and garden; no run-off; maintain sprinkler system and fix leaks; use a broom instead to clean paved surfaces; use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
  • Bolinas Community Public Utilities District - Jan. 17, asked for voluntary 20%. Customers have reduced by 30%.
  • Camrosa Water District - In keeping with the governor’s request, asking for customers to voluntarily reduce their usage by 20 percent.
  • California American Water Sacramento - Voluntary 20% reduction - odd/even watering schedule, three days or less per week, after 8 p.m. and before noon; no run-off; clean with broom instead of hose.
  • Calleguas Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20%, in line with governor's request.
  • Camrosa Water District -In keeping with the governor’s request, asking for customers to voluntarily reduce their usage by 20 percent.
  • Carlsbad Municipal Water District - Voluntary conservation. No washing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; automatic shut-off nozzle on hoses; wash vehicles using a bucket and an automatic shut-off nozzle; water upon request in restaurants; fresh linens optional in hotels; fix leaks.
  • Carmichael Water District - May 20: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Voluntary 25% reduction. No water runoff from property allowed. Trigger nozzles; recirculating pools, spas and fountains; fix leaks; water twice a week early in the morning or late at night; only full loads.
  • Carpinteria Valley Water District - Feb. 12 declared a Stage 1 Drought Emergency, requesting that customers voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20% immediately. No run-off; no irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; water at restaurants upon request; wash vehicles with bucket and hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • Casitas Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Fix leaks, wash full loads, use a broom instead of hose, fix leaks.
  • Castaic Lake Water Agency - Calling on residents and businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley to take reasonable actions to reduce water use and eliminate waste.
  • City of American Canyon - Declared a Stage 1 drought emergency on March 4. Turn off water while brushing teeth; full loads; short showers; check for leaks. Reduce consumption by 20%.
  • City of Anaheim - Voluntary 20% reduction. Shorter showers; full loads; fix leaks; broom not hose; water one day a week.
  • City of Angels Camp - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Corona- Has declared a Stage 2 Water Supply. Irrigation by address, no watering of paved surfaces, cut indoor use by 10%.
  • City of Corning - On Feb. 11 City Council unanimously approved implementing Stage 1 of the city's water conservation plan. Stage 1 seeks voluntary water conservation measures to reduce water use by 15%.
  • City of Daly City - Residents are urged to reduce water use by 10%. Only wash full loads; shorter showers; turn off the faucet while brushing teeth; don’t use the toilet as a waste can; water in the early morning hours or water as little as possible; use a broom instead of a hose to clean outdoor spaces put a bucket in your shower to catch excess water (or when waiting for the water to get warm) and use that water on container plants; install low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets; repair leaks.
  • City of Indio - Feb. 10 ACWA survey: Voluntary conservation.
  • City of LaVerne - On Feb. 18, the City Council declared Phase 1 voluntary water use restrictions.The city will offer residents the chance to get cash for each square foot of grass removed and replaced with drought-tolerant and California friendly plants.
  • City of Lincoln - Voluntary 20% reduction. Repair all leaks; irrigate at night; reduce indoor use; use car wash businesses that recycle.
  • City of Malibu - Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no leaks; no run-offs; trigger nozzle is required on hoses used for home car washing; washing down of sidewalks, parking areas, and driveways is not permitted; topping off of pools only; restaurants, hotels, and cafes shall only serve drinking water upon request.
  • City of Mountain View - Implementing the first stage of the City Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which is to ask customers to voluntarily reduce water use by at least 10 percent. Check for leaks, especially in your irrigation system; Adjust your irrigation timer to decrease your watering days; take shorter showers and replace existing showerheads with water-saving models.
  • City of Napa - Encouraging customers to heed the governor's call for 20% reduction in water use, with enhanced outreach campaign to eliminate unnecessary winter irrigation.
  • City of Oceanside - March 27: Drought Response Level 1: No washing down of paved surfaces,except to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards; no run-off; irrigate between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. only; use a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket to water landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system; use recirculated water to operate ornamental fountains; wash vehicles with a bucket and hose with a positive shut-off nozzle; water served and refilled in restarurants only upon request; linens replaced in commercial lodging establishments upon request only; repair leaks with five days of notification.
  • City of Palo Alto - May 20: Implemented Stage 1 of Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Asking for 10% reduction in water use. The rebate to replace turf grass has been doubled to $4/sq. ft. Permanent water use regulations prohibit potable water runoff, require shut-off valves for washing vehicles, sidewalks, building, etc., requires use of recycled water for construction uses, and requires repair of broken or defective plumbing or irrigation systems.
  • City of Pasadena - Supports governor's call for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Petaluma - March 3: Asking for voluntary 20 percent reduction in water usage. Residents are asked to stop watering outdoors, cut back on car washes and be diligent about conserving.
  • City of Redding - On Feb. 18 City Council approved enacting stage one of the city’s drought management plan, which calls for residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%.
  • City of San Bernardino - Asking for 20% voluntary reduction.
  • City of Santa Barbara - A Stage Two Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council May 20, 2014. Hoses must have automatic shut-off nozzles;irrigation is limited to between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. Cars and boats must be washed at commercial facilities that recycle the water, or by hose with shut-off nozzle. The use of water in ornamental water features and fountains is prohibited except: if located indoors or on residential properties; for fountains that have a total water surface area less than or equal to 25 ft.²; or are home to aquatic life. Pools and spas must be equipped with a cover when not in use. No draining or refilling of pools by more than one third, unless authorized. Drought notices required in restaurants and hotels; water served on request only.
  • City of Santa Monica - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Santa Rosa - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Solvang – the City Council adopted a Stage One drought declaration, asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%; water only between 10 p.m., and 6 a.m., serve water in restaurants only upon request, etc.
  • City of St. Helena - Phase I Water Restrictions. Asking for voluntary 20% reductions.
  • City of Torrance - March 18: Level 1 Water Shortage. No watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; only three days a week; repair leaks within seven days.
  • City of Ventura - On Jan. 29, asked for voluntary 10% reduction. Check for leaks, review water consumption history.
  • City of Watsonville - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of West Sacramento – On Jan. 25, City of West Sacramento asked  the public to voluntarily reduce water use by 20% - odd/even watering three days a week between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; shorter showers, only full loads; broom instead of hose.
  • City of Willits - April 10: Stage 1 Water Shortage Level. No watering between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.; watering by address; fix leaks; wash vehicles with shut-off nozzle and bucket.
  • City of Windsor - Feb. 19: Declared a water shortage emergency and is asking their residents to conserve. Seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20%.
  • City of Woodland - Voluntary 20%.  Avoid washing down hardpaved surfaces; recycle water or turn off decorative water features; patronize carwashes that use recycled water; limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week. 
  • City of Yountville - Voluntary conservation.
  • Coastside County Water District - Implemented a Stage I Water Shortage in October 2013. As of Feb. 11, asking customers to reduce water use by 10%.
  • Cosumnes Community Services District - Feb. 4: Resolution asking for regional effort to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.
  • Contra Costa Water District - On March 19, the Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors approved a program asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water use 15%. The request goes into effect on April 1.
  • Crescenta Valley Water District - Declared Yellow Alert - defined as an Extraordinary Conservation Alert. Extraordinary conservation is called for from customers. Customers are requested to minimize indoor water use and water outdoors no more than three days per week. Outdoor irrigation will be permitted only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
  • Cucamonga Valley Water District - Stage 1 of Ordinance 47 is in place prohibiting wasteful water use practices. Customers are encouraged to continue best management practices for water use efficiency which are listed on the District’s website.  
  • Del Oro Water Company - All Del Oro Water Company customers are asked to voluntarily conserve 20% of their monthly usage as ordered by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Jan. 17, 2014.
  • Del Paso Manor Water District - Asking for a voluntary reduction of 20%. Only irrigate when necessary.
  • Desert Water Agency - April 15: Resolution calling on all customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. Fix leaks; water in early morning or evening; run full loads; fill bath half full; shorter showers.
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District -- As of Feb. 11, customers are being asked to voluntary cut water use by 10% to stretch supplies.
  • East Valley Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Eastern Municipal Water District - April 16: Stage 2 Storage Contingency Plan. Voluntary 20%. Only automated irrigation systems between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and for no more than 15 minutes per day;watering during the rain is prohibited; no watering their driveway or other hard surfaces; new turf may be installed for functional purposes only; new landscaping must be done with drought-tolerant plants and trees.
  • Elk Grove Water District – Jan. 22: the Board of Directors called on the public to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%. Odd/even watering between hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. No run off; use shut-off nozzles; fix leaks; restaurant water upon request.
  • Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Replace washers and toilets with high efficiency models, check for leaks, use faucet aerators. Outdoor 25%.
  • El Toro Water District - Asking for 20% reductions.
  • Elk Grove Water District - Jan. 22: the Board of Directors called on the public to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%.
  • Fair Oaks Water District – Voluntary 20%. Request to forgo outdoor water use for an indeterminate duration. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of hard surfaces;restaurant water upon request only.
  • Fallbrook Public Utilities District - Asking for voluntary conservation.
  • Finley Water System County Service Area - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Foothill Municipal Water District - Increased Water Conservation Alert Status: voluntary 20% requested. Water early morning, late in evening; check sprinkler systems frequently; no run-off, overspray; use mulch; broom to clean, not hose; wash vehicles with shut-off nozzle and bucket.
  • Georgetown Divide Public Utility District- Encourages all GDPUD customers to take immediate personal actions to reduce their water usage by 20% to help prevent severe water cutbacks this summer.
  • Glendale Water & Power - March 21: Called for residents to reduce their water use by 20%, through measures such as — Turning the faucet off when brushing teeth and limiting outdoor watering to three days a week.
  • Golden State Water Company - Voluntary 20% reduction. Only full loads of clothes and dishes, repair leaks, use a broom instead of a hose; requesting no outdoor irrigation.
  • Goleta Water District - On March 11, Board of Directors declared a water shortage and asked for voluntary 20% reductions.
  • Helix Water District- Declaration of “Drought Level 1”  Feb. 19, increased voluntary conservation.
  • Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District - Asking for 20% water use reduction in line with governor's request.
  • Indian Wells Valley Water District - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction. Landscape watering limited to between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31. 
  • Inland Empire Utilities District - Voluntary reduction: choose drought-resistant trees and plants; water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler; no run-off or overspray;use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios; wash cars/boats with a bucket, sponge, and a hose with a self-closing nozzle.
  • Irvine Ranch Water District - Asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.
  • Kono Tayee Water System - Stage I of drought management plan. Asking for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Jurupa Community Services District - Level I Water Conservation. Residents and businesses are asked to voluntarily conserve water by 10%.
  • Kelseyville County Waterworks District - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Kinneola Irrigation District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Bucket and trigger nozzle for washing cars; early morning, late night watering; no run-off.
  • Kirkwood Meadows Public Utilities District - Stage I Conservation Alert. No runoff; continuous discharge from hose nozzle is prohibited; irrigation of non‑landscaped, natural vegetation or undeveloped property is expressly prohibited.
  • La Canada Irrigation District - Increased Voluntary Conservation Alert. Customers are asked to follow strict water conservation practices indoors and limiting outdoor water use to odd or even days based on the ending number of the customer’s address.
  • Laguna Beach County Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Lake Hemet Municipal Water District - Asking for 10% voluntary water reduction. Users urged to use a broom instead of hose; fix leaks; irrigate lawns between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m.; no run-off; fountains must have recycling systems; cover pools and spas to avoid evaporation; bucket and trigger nozzle to wash car.
  • Lake Don Pedro Community Services District - Declared a Stage 1 Drought Emergency. Asking for voluntary measures: No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved areas; fountains, spas and pools must recirculate; trigger nozzles for washing cars; restaurants serve water upon request only.
  • Lincoln Avenue Water Company - Voluntary 20% reduction. Water only when needed, once or twice a week; fix leaks; trigger nozzles; broom instead of hose; no watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m; only full loads; 5 minute showers; capture tap water; don't run water while shaving, brushing teeth.
  • Los Angeles County Waterworks District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Turn off water shaving or brushing teeth; shorter showers; full loads;  broom not hose; water in early a.m.
  • Mammoth Community Water District - Level I Voluntary Water restrictions.
  • Marin Municipal Water District – June 3: Although reservoir levels are closer to normal now than they were in January, the district's request for a 25% voluntary reduction in water use since last year is still in effect. Conservation during the dry summer months is especially important. Customers who are already low water users (65 gallons per person per day for residential customers) do not need to reduce further.
  • Marina Coast Water District - Level I conservation restrictions - No watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. except by hand with an automatic shutoff; no washing of hard surfaces, and no watering that results in runoff to gutters or drains.
  • Mariposa Public Utilities District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Meiners Oaks Water District - A Phase one water shortage emergency requests that every customer served by Meiners Oaks Water District voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%.
  • Mendocino County Board of Supervisors – Jan. 7 and extended on Jan. 21. Voluntary conservation.
  • Merced County - The Merced County Board of Supervisors declared a local drought emergency on Feb. 25, citing the drought's impacts on the county's local economy. Voluntary conservation: Full loads; aerators and low-flow showerheads and faucets; check for leaks; turn sprinklers off in winter; turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving; shorter showers.
  • Mesa Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Declared formal water supply alert on Feb. 11. Asking for voluntary reduction of 20%. See more under "Other Actions" below.
  • Mid-Peninsula Water District - Pending a formal decision, asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10%.
  • Monte Vista Water District - April 9, 2014: Calling on customers to reduce water use by additional 20%. The district's Ordinance 33, adopted in 2010, establishes "best practices" mandatory at all times: automatic irrigation timers set between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; no run-off; turn off during rain; use shut-off nozzles; no washing down of paved surfaces.
  • Monterey Peninsula Water Management District - Stage I Conservation: Fix leaks; water before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m., by address; no run-off; all non-residential water users within the district must have low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators; water served upon request; Swimming pools or spas should not be drained or refilled; wash vehicles with a trigger nozzle; fountains, ponds, lakes or other ornamental water uses must recycle water if the water is from a potable source.
  • Moulton-Niguel Water District - Calling for a voluntary reduction in water usage.
  • Moutain Gate Community Services District - Stage I of the Voluntary Drought Contingency Plan. Asking for 25% reduction:every other day watering, evening and early morning;postpone new landscaping; discourage filling of pools, fountains; topping off is allowable.
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County - Metropolitan has declared a Water Supply Alert calling for all cities, counties, member agencies and retails water agencies to implement extraordinary water use efficiency measures, adopt and implement local drought ordinances to preserve regional storage reserves.
  • Nevada Irrigation District - Asking customers for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Newhall County Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Check for leaks, water only when needed.
  • North Coast County Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Wash only full loads, replace old toilets, shorter showers, use a broom instead of hose, irrigate late night or early morning.
  • North Lakeport Water System - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • North Marin Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction, consistent with the governor. Customers are urged to turn off all unnecessary outside irrigation, fix any leaks promptly and participate in district conservation program.
  • North Star Community Services District - Voluntary 20% reduction in support of governor's request.
  • Olivenhain Municipal Water District - Adopted a level 1 Water Supply Shortage on July 1, 2010, still in effect, which calls for a 10% voluntary reduction.
  • Otay Water District - Declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition. Customers are urged to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent.
  • Orchard Dale Water District - Asking residents and businesses to take voluntary actions to reduce wtare use by 20% and eliminate water waste.
  • Palmdale Water District - Voluntary 15% reduction. Rinse produce in pan; turn water off while shaving, brushing teeth; use trash instead of disposal; broom instead of hose.
  • Paradise Irrigation District - The district is encouraging residents to conserve water now by eliminating wasteful water practices and cutting back on general water use.
  • Placer County Water Agency - Voluntary 20% reduction. Landscape watering to a maximum of two days per week during the months of June, September, October and November; a maximum of three days per week during the months of July and August, only between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no run-off; fix leaks; use mulch; wash cars with bucket and shut-off nozzle or take to recycling car wash; recycling pump in decorative fountains; cover pools; broom instead of hose.
  • Purissima Hills Water District - Voluntary 10% conservation.
  • Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District - The district has initiated a Level 1 voluntary 10%-20% reduction in water use.
  • Sacramento County Water Agency – Urging customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. Only irrigate your landscaping as needed; use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios; use an automatic shut-off nozzle on your hose; install a water-efficient drip irrigation system for your trees, shrubs and flowers; repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads.
  • Sacramento Suburban Water District - Stage 2 Water Warning. Asking for a 20% voluntary reduction. Odd/even irrigation allowed twice a week, not between noon and 8 p.m.; restaurants serve water upon request; only drought-tolerant plants allowed in new landscaping.
  • San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20%, in compliance with governor.
  • San Diego County Water Authority -- Level 1 Drought Watch: The San Diego region is at a Level 1 Drought Watch condition that calls for voluntary conservation efforts such as: Repair leaks quickly;wash paved surfaces only when necessary for health and safety; no run-off and overspray; irrigate only during early morning and evening hours;use hoses with automatic shut-off valves; serve and refill water at restaurants only upon request; offer hotel guests the option of not laundering their linens and towels daily. For more information, go to www.whenindrought.org.
  • San Dieguito Water District - Feb. 19: Cut water use by 10 percent, limit landscape irrigation hours and stop washing down paved surfaces, on “Drought Watch” status.
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - On Jan. 31 asked local residents to reduce water use by at least 10%.
  • San Gabriel County Water District - Asking for 10% voluntary reduction.
  • San Jose Water Company - SJWC’s water conservation rules to achieve the 20% conservation target is now in effect through December 31, 2014. The rules mostly apply to outdoor use that typically accounts for 50% of a typical customer’s usage.
  • Santa Barbara County  - Jan. 21. Asking for immediate 20% reduction in water use.
  • Santa Fe Irrigation District - The Santa Fe Irrigation District activated its Level 1 Water Shortage Response on February 20, and is asking all its customers to increase their water conservation efforts.
  • Santa Margarita Water District -- Adopted Board resolution implementing conservation measures in response to Gov. Brown’s recent drought declaration; asking customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20%.
  • Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Scotts Valley Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction: No spray irrigation between the hours of 10am and 5pm, and - No spraying down hardscapes- driveways, sidewalks, pathways, etc.
  • Serrano Water District - Asking its customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20%.
  • Soda Bay Water County Service Area - Stage 1 of Drought Management Plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Solano County Water Agency- Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency - On Feb. 3, asked for voluntary 20% reduction through actions such as eliminating outdoor irrigation.
  • Soquel Water District - Voluntary 20% reductions.
  • South San Joaquin Irrigation District -  Voluntary 20% reductions.
  • Spring Valley Water County Service Area - Stage 1 of drought management plan. Calling for voluntary 15% reduction.
  • Stinson Beach County Water District - Water usage has decreased about 20% district-wide. The district will not implement mandatory water rationing until the “trigger point for rationing,” is reached, which is defined as “When the average refill rate of all storage tanks is less than 70% of capacity for seven days in a row.” Voluntary conservation is being requested at 20%.
  • Sweetwater Water Authority - Voluntary reduction up to 10%.
  • Tahoe City Public Utilities District - Voluntary conservation.
  • Three Valleys Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Truckee-Donner Community Services District - Supports California Governor Brown’s request for all Californian’s to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%. 
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District – Calling for a 20% voluntary reduction in water use and directing San Gabriel Valley residents to receive rebates for  high-efficiency toilets and other water-saving tools.
  • Vallecitos Water District - Drought Response Level 1 of its drought ordinance, calling for increased voluntary conservation efforts for all customers within its 45-square-mile boundary.
  • Valley Center Municipal Water District - Level 1, “Water Shortage Watch Condition,” asking customers to voluntarily conserve: Stop washing down paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate residential and commercial landscape before 10:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. only; use hose equipped with shut-off nozzle or bucket to water plants and wash vehicles; repair all water leaks within five days of notification.
  • Valley County Water District - On May 12, 2014, the Valley County Water District Board of Directors adopted an ordinance declaring water use efficiency practices and water conservation measures.  The adoption of this Ordinance provides the District with procedures and guidelines for implementation in the event of a declared water emergency. The District has NOT declared an official water emergency, and several of the water use restrictions are not currently in effect. However, the District continues to urge all customers to voluntarily conserve as much water as possible.
  • Valley of the Moon Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • Vandenberg Village Community Services District - Voluntary 20% conservation.
  • Vista Irrigation District - The Vista Irrigation District is in Level 1, Water Efficiency, of its Water Supply Response Program. The District is asking customers to voluntarily conserve and continue to implement water-use efficiency practices set forth in Level 1, such as not washing down paved surfaces, eliminating irrigation run-off and over-spray and repairing leaks within five days of receiving notification from the District.
  • Walnut Valley Water District - Directors adopted a resolution requesting a 20% voluntary reduction in water usage by all district’s customers.
  • West Basin Municipal Water District - Feb. 24, 2014 declared a Drought Alert. The Resolution calls for the District’s 17 cities, unincorporated county areas and its retail customer agencies to implement conservation measures to meet California Governor Brown’s goal of a 20 percent water use reduction.
  • West Kern Water District - Asking customers to cut back 15%.
  • Western Municipal Water District - April 2: 20% voluntary reduction of water use by its customers in support of Governor Brown’s Drought Declaration. No run-off; fix leaks; broom, not hose; water between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Yorba Linda Water District - Calling for voluntary water conservation.
  • Zone 7 Water Agency – Asking everyone to conserve 25%. Prohibited practices include draining and refilling of swimming pools;use of non-recycling water fountains; using hoses without shut-off nozzles; hosing off paved surfaces. Irrigtaion allowed two days per week June - September during non-daylight hours.

Drought Emergency / Water Shortage Declared or Proclaimed by Cities and Counties

  • City of American Canyon - Declared a Stage 1 drought emergency on March 4. Turn off water while brushing teeth; full loads; short showers; check for leaks. Reduce consumption by 20%.
  • City of Calistoga - Stage II Water Emergency Resolution. Beginning March 1, 2014, the city will be enforcing Stage II mandatory water conservation efforts to achieve the desired goal of a 20% reduction in water use as compared to the previous year’s water use, and impose economic penalties.
  • City of Grover Beach - June 16: the City Council declared a Stage III Water Shortage for the City of Grover Beach, a severe-mandatory measure that requires all water customers to reduce their water usage by 10%. Additionally, a number of prohibitions that had previously been "voluntary" during the two years of the Stage II Water Shortage Declaration are now "mandatory". The Stage III Declaration will also provide the City the authority to impose penalties for failure to comply with water reduction or use prohibitions.
  • City of Long Beach - Feb. 27: Declared a water supply shortage. Prohibited use of water: Irrigating landscape with potable water any day other than Monday, Thursday, or Saturday; serving drinking water if not requested; irrigating landscape with potable water for more than 10 minutes per authorized day if using sprinkler heads that emit one or more gallons per minute, or for more than 20 minutes per authorized day if using stream rotator-type or gear driven sprinkler heads rated at emitting less than one gallon per minute.
  • City of Pleasanton - May 6: Ordering residents and business owners to mandatorily cut water usage by 25 percent. Requiring all of Pleasanton's municipal facilities as well as its parks, golf course and residential customers not to exceed 75 percent of the water they used last year. The limits are effective immediately.
  • City of Santa Barbara  - May 20: Stage 2 Water Shortage. Voluntary reductions: Hose instead of brush,  was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council. The city is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20% with extraordinary water conservation measures. Water customers currently watering their landscape are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.
  • City of Santa Cruz -  On Feb. 25 formally declared a water shortage emergency. May 1: Residents in single-family homes will be allotted 249 gallons per day at regular rates. Households with more than four residents can request an additional allotment and households with fewer than four are asked to keep water use to 60 gallons per person per day. Customers who use more than their allotment will pay $25 for the first 10% over and $50 for every 10% over after that.
  • City of Windsor - Feb. 19: Declared a water shortage emergency and is asking their residents to conserve. Seeking voluntary reductions in water use of 20%.
  • Glenn County  -- Designated as a disaster area and declared a drought emergency on Feb. 4.
  • Inyo County - Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2014-09 proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency.
  • Kern County - Jan. 14: Declared a state of emergency, caused by a severe water shortage.
  • Kings County -- Has been renewing drought emergency every month since March 2012.
  • Lake County - March 4: Declared a state of emergency, due to the extreme drought conditions.
  • Madera County  -- On Jan. 28 adopted an emergency resolution declaring a local drought.
  • Mendocino County  – Jan. 7 and extended on Jan. 21.
  • Merced County - The Merced County Board of Supervisors declared a local drought emergency on Feb. 25, citing the drought's impacts on the county's local economy. Voluntary conservation: Full loads; aerators and low-flow showerheads and faucets; check for leaks; turn sprinklers off in winter; turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving; shorter showers.
  • Placer County Water Agency - Declared a Drought Emergency on Feb. 6. Reduce indoor water use by 25% and outdoor use by 50%.
  • San Joaquin County - Jan. 28. Local drought emergency proclaimed.
  • San Luis Obispo County - The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially declared a local drought emergency on March 11.
  • Santa Barbara County - Jan. 21. Asking for immediate 20% reduction in water use.
  • Santa Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought. Prohibited uses of water include allowing water run-off; not fixing leaks or making arrangements to fix leaks within 24 hours notice; washing of hard or paved surfaces; the washing of vehicles without a shut-off nozzle on hose; the operation of an ornamental fountain without water being recirculated.
  • Shasta County Water Agency - Declared a drought emergency on May 6. Asking for 20% reduction in water use.
  • Siskiyou County - On Feb. 11, Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation declaring a Drought Emergency.
  • Sutter County  -- Declared a drought emergency.
  • Tulare County -- Feb. 4 unanimously proclaimed a local emergency due to the statewide drought and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.
  • Tuolumne County  -- Feb. 4 declared a drought emergency with a mandatory 50% reduction in water usage.
  • Yuba County  -- Proclaimed a local water emergency on Feb. 25.

Agricultural Impacts

  • Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District - On Feb. 17 the District received notification of its initial allocation for water for 2014: 40% of their contract supply.
  • Browns Valley Irrigation District - Mandatory. Not making deliveries at this time; only have 30% of needed supply.
  • Kern County Water Agency - 13 water districts will receive 0% allocations; groundwater is all that's available.
  • Modesto Irrigation District – Planning reduced deliveries to growers in 2014, voluntary fallowing.
  • Nevada Irrigation District - Placed a freeze on new agricultural contracts or increases in those currently in place.
  • Richvale Irrigation District - Mandatory 50% cut to acreage irrigated by district.
  • Shafter - Wasco Irrigation District -An ag irrigation district with no water to deliver from the CVP this year. Growers are relying solely on groundwater.
  • Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority - Mandatory. 17 water districts will receive 0% allocations; groundwater is all that is available.
  • Turlock Irrigation District - Drought rates / surcharge to discourage high water use. On Feb. 25 the Turlock Irrigation District board voted to set a 20-inch allotment for growers during the 2014 irrigation season, about half of what they usually get. The 2014 irrigation season is slated to begin on April 3, a week later than initially planned.

Other Actions

  • Desert Water Agency is investigating additional conservation programs and measures in light of the dry conditions.
  • East Valley Water District - Encouraging residents to be a part of the Conservation Transformation to use water as efficiently as possible.
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Feb. 11 declared a Water Supply Alert throughout Southern California in response to statewide drought.The MWD board also formally endorsed Gov. Brown’s statewide call for conservation in response to the ongoing drought. Along with urging cities, counties, local public water agencies and retailers to achieve extraordinary conservation, the board doubled Metropolitan’s annual conservation and outreach budget from $20 million to $40 million. The increase will provide additional rebate incentives for Southern Californians to purchase water-saving devices throughout the district’s six-county service area and help reach the Brown Administration’s goal of a statewide per-capita water use reduction of 20%.The board also pledged to explore ways Metropolitan can help other parts of the state address water supply challenges.
  • Mono County- Declared a natural disaster area by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Sonoma County Water Agency won approval from the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce flows from Lake Mendocino into the Russian River in order to conserve the surface water supply.
  • Southern California Water Committee announced on Jan. 29 that its Board of Trustees unanimously approved supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency drought declaration and is encouraging Southern Californians to support the call for additional voluntary water conservation, as the state experiences record dry conditions.
  • University of California President Janet Napolitano on Jan. 16 announced a system-wide goal of reducing per-capita water use by 20% by 2020.
  • Water agencies in Southern California are keeping a close eye on conditions, though surface storage and groundwater reserves established over the past few years are expected to help the southland cope this year.
  • Woodbridge Irrigation District - March 13: The Woodbridge Irrigation District has begun rationing the water it allocates to the City of Lodi. Lodi currently pays $1.2 million a year for 6,000 acre-feet of water from WID, and that may be cut to 3,000 acre-feet this summer.
 
 
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