How California Water Agencies Are Responding to Record-Dry Conditions

Updated April 7, 2014

Local water agencies across California are beginning to take 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. 

  • View an interactive map showing local response actions here.

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

  • Alameda County Water District - March 13: Water Shortage declared. Residents are not allowed to water their lawns on consecutive days, refill swimming pools or use a hose to clean things. If residents must use a hose, it has to have a "shut-off" nozzle.Rule breakers get a written warning at first, followed by a knock on the door for a second violation. If they still don't comply, the district will shut the water off.
  • 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.
  • Brooktrails Township - Jan. 14. Water emergency declared; limit of 110 gallons per day per connection.
  • Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) – In October 2013, the CCSD Board of Directors adopted mandatory water conservation measures, allowing watering with potable water only one day a week, based on address, with a person in attendance, limited to the amount necessary.
  • Citrus Heights Water District - Stage 3 Mandatory Water Warning. No run-off; fix leaks; use trigger nozzles; pools, fountains, spas must recirculate; no washing down of paved surfaces; reduce irrigation by 11-25%; indoor use by 11-25%; restaurant water by request only; construction meters and fire hydrants will be monitored.
  • 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 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 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 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 immediatelly; 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 Pismo Beach - Feb. 6: declared Moderately Restricted Water Supply Conditions with modified restrictions: no run-off; trigger nozzles; broom not hose; no watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; restaurants serve water upon request.
  • 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 – Adopted Stage 2 alert on Jan. 14 requiring customers to cut their water use by at least 20%. Stepping up enforcement of conservation ordinance, limits on outdoor watering, etc.
  • City of Santa Cruz - On Feb. 25 formally declared a water shortage emergency which will subject residential customers to rationing and penalty pricing for exceeding limits beginning in May.
  • City of Sierra Madre – Implemented mandatory water conservation measures for all water customers in Sierra Madre in May 2013. Still in effect. 
  • City of St. Helena - Effective Feb. 7: Phase II Water Shortage Emergency. Nov.- March, 65 gallons per person per day; April through October, 2,500 gallons per month is added for irrigation.
  • 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 Willits – Declared a Phase 5 water shortage emergency on Jan. 8, citing extraordinary circumstances. Also declared a local emergency to pursue emergency funding that would pay for an emergency water supply. Phase 5 prohibits all nonessential water use and implements mandatory usage restrictions, such as a 150 gallon limit per day for each occupied residence (including outdoor watering and irrigation) and a 35% reduction by commercial and industrial users.
  • Cloverdale – Imposed mandatory water conservation measures on Jan. 22, with the intent to curtail water use by 25%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 16, Lompico issued a mandatory 30 percent cut in usage -- customers have already voluntarily cut usage by 20 percent since August.
  • 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.
  • Monterey Peninsula Water Management District- All water users in the district are required to participate in the following water conservation actions: Fix leaks; broom, not hose; trigger nozzle and brush for washing cars; no run-off, water late in the day or early a.m.
  • Mountain House Community Services District - Approved mandatory water conservation rules on Feb. 12, restricting daytime irrigation and other outdoor water use.
  • Paradise Valley Water - March 4: Elevated to stage 3 of the drought management plan. Stage 3 requires mandatory water rationing.
  • 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 - Adopted a mandatory Stage 2 water alert in 2008, which has remained in effect. Irrigation allowed only on designated days as per address, shut-off nozzles required on hoses, no washing down of hard surfaces, pools must recirculate water, etc. At Feb. 10 board meeting, stage may be elevated.
  • 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 - On Feb. 26 approved a Stage 3 water warning. All customers are required to cut water use by 25%.
  • 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.
  • South Coast Water District - Three days to fix leaks; designated days to water.
  • Stinson Beach County Water District - As of Feb. 15, a Water Shortage Emergency Condition prevails. Effective April 1, water use will be restricted to 125 gallons per day per residence until further notice. Commercial users are requested to reduce their water consumption by 20%.
  • 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%.
  • 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%.
  • Bolinas Community Public Utiltities 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.
  • Calaveras County Water District - Voluntary reduction; no percentage given. Leak detection and non-revenue water aggressively addressed.
  • California American Water Sacramento - Voluntary conservation program, aimed at reducing water usage and ending nonessential or unauthorized uses of water.
  • 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 Metropolitan Water District - Voluntary conservation. No washing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; automtaic shut-off nozzle on hoses; wash vehicles using a bucket and an automtic shut-off nozzle; water upon request in restaurants; fresh linens optional in hotels; fix leaks.
  • Carmichael Water District - Voluntary 10% reduction. No water runoff from property allowed. Trigger nozzles; recirculating pools, spas and fountains; fix leaks; water once a week early in the morning or late at night; only full loads.
  • 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 drought emergency on March 4. Turn off water while brushing teeth; full loads; short showers; check for leaks.
  • City of Anaheim - Voluntary 20% reduction. Shorter showers; full loads; fix leaks; broom not hose; water one day a week.
  • City of Benicia - City requests reduction of water consumption by 20% citywide. Water outdoor landscaping half as much; manage your irrigation timer every 2-4 weeks; fix leaks; use mulch.
  • City of Berkeley - Asking residents to reduce water waste.
  • 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 Grover Beach - Stage 2 Water Shortage. Voluntary reductions: Hose instead of brush, recirculated water for fountains, water service upon request, trigger nozzles, no refilling of existing pools.
  • 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.
  • 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 Pasadena - Supports governor's call for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • City of Paso Robles - Adopted voluntary Level 2 alert, asking for 20% reduction. No runoff from watering, no washing of paved surfaces, pools must recirculate water, hotels should offer optional fresh linen service.
  • City of Pleasanton - Declared Stage One of water shortage asking for voluntary 20% reduction. Fix leaks; no run-off; water one-day-a-week or less between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.; use shut-off nozzles; turn off water when brushing teeth, shaving, or hand dishwashing; wash only full loads; install water-efficient devices, such as faucet aerators and showerheads; take shorter showers.
  • 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 - 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 – Voluntary 20% reduction. Asking residents to turn off automatic irrigation systems and make concerted effort to reduce water use.
  • 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 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, the City of West Sacramento asked  the public to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%, cutting back on watering, indoor use; e.g. shorter showers, only full loads for washers, etc.
  • City of Yountville - Voluntary conservation.
  • 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%.
  • 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%.
  • 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 - Has asked for an increased voluntary water conservation green alert. No watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m; and based on address; brooms instead of hoses; no runoff, recirculating fountains; fix leaks; trigger nozzles; only full loads.
  • 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% indoors and outdoors. No runoff when watering, turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving, only was full loads of dishes, clothes.
  • Desert Water Agency - Voluntary Conservation: Fix leaks; water in early morning or evening; run full loads; fill bath half full; shorter showers.
  • Dublin San Ramon Services District- Declared a Community Drought Emergency on Jan. 18, called for 20% voluntary conservation.
  • 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.
  • El Dorado Irrigation District – Encouraging customers to voluntarily reduce their water use.
  • Elk Grove Water District – On Jan. 22, Board of Directors voted to ask the public to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%, even-odd numbered watering days, checking for leaks, irrigation reviews, no water washing of pavement, etc.
  • Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Replace washers and toilets with high efficiency models, check for leaks, use faucet aerators.
  • 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 – Requesting customers to immediately reduce water use by at least 20% as part of a Stage 3 water warning to help conserve water for the region.
  • Fallbrook Public Utilities District - Asking for voluntary conservation.
  • Foothill Municipal Water District - Increased Water Conservation Alert Status. No percentage reduction requested.
  • 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.
  • Golden State Water Company - Voluntary 20% reduction. Only full loads of clothes and dishes; repair leaks; use a broom instead of a hose.
  • 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.
  • Indian Wells Valley Water District - Asking for voluntary 20% reduction.
  • 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%.
  • Jurupa Community Services District - Level I Water Conservation. Residents and businesses are asked to voluntarily conserve water by 10%.
  • Kinneola Irrigation District - Voluntary 20% reduction. Bucket and trigger nozzle for washing cars; early morning, late night watering; no run-off.
  • 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; bcket 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 – Passed resolution Jan. 21 calling for an immediate 25% voluntary reduction in water use by district customers. As of Jan. 16, the district is pumping water from a reserve reservoir. Depending on the reservoir storage levels on April 1, MMWD may need to adopt mandatory reductions in water use.
  • 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 - Asking customers to reduce use by 20%. Water only between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.; no run-off; don't water during rain; wash cars with bucket and shut-off nozzle; use broom instead of hose to clean paved areas; restaurants serve water only upon request; hotels change linens only upon request.
  • Monterey Peninsula Water Management District - Stage I Mandatory 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 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 particpate in district conservation program.
  • 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.
  • Orange Vale Water Company - Voluntary Stage 2 Water Alert adopted. No run-off, shut-off nozzles on hoses, leaky pipes fixed within five days, reduce indoor and outdoor use by five to 10%.
  • 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 - April 11: asking that all customers reduce water use by a minimum of 10% with overall conservation of 20%, a desired goal for the duration of the drought. Landscape watering to a maximum of 2 days per week during the months of April, May, June, September, October and November; a maximum of 3 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%.
  • Sacramento Suburban Water District - On Jan. 27, adopted a Stage 2 Water Warning. Asking for a voluntary 20% reduction. Irrigation allowed twice a week, restaurants serve water upon request only, 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 -- Asking for voluntary conservation.
  • 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 Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought: All county residents including those on small water systems and private wells are urged to reduce water use by at least 20%; all county departments and employees are directed to immediately implement water conservation measures and take all reasonable actions to reduce water use by at least 20% at county facilities.
  • 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%.
  • Shasta County Water Agency - Feb. 10 ACWA survey: Voluntary 20% 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.
  • 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 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 - 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 as much water as possible with a target of at least 20 percent savings, keeping in line with the governor’s proclamation (Jan. 17).

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

  • City of American Canyon - Declared a drought emergency on March 4. Turn off water while brushing teeth; full loads; short showers; check for leaks.
  • 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 - Stage 2 Water Shortage. Voluntary reductions: Hose instead of brush, recirculated water for fountains, water service upon request, trigger nozzles, no refilling of existing pools.
  • 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 Santa Barbara  - 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 which will subject residential customers to rationing and penalty pricing for exceeding limits beginning in May.
  • City of St. Helena - Effective Feb. 7: Phase II Water Shortage Emergency. Nov.- March, 65 gallons per person per day; April through October, 2,500 gallons per month is added for irrigation.
  • City of Willits - Declared a Phase 5 water shortage emergency on Jan. 8, citing extraordinary circumstances. Also declared a local emergency to pursue emergency funding that would pay for an emergency water supply. Phase 5 prohibits all nonessential water use and implements mandatory usage restrictions, such as a 150 gallon limit per day for each occupied residence (including outdoor watering and irrigation) and a 35% reduction by commercial and industrial users.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • Santa Cruz County - Jan. 28, 2014, declared a state of drought: All county residents including those on small water systems and private wells are urged to reduce water use by at least 20%; all County departments and employees are directed to immediately implement water conservation measures and take all reasonable actions to reduce water use by at least 20% at County facilities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • San Benito County Water District - The water district’s board unanimously approved a resolution declaring a water shortage emergency. The resolution applies only to agricultural and industrial water users and will impose overuse fees. Does not apply to residential users.
  • 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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