How California Water Agencies Are Responding to Record-Dry Conditions

Updated Sept. 2, 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.
  • Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District Aug. 13 - Stage 2 Water Emergency. Irrigation three days a week based on address; water served upon request in restaurants; irrigation prohibited between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no run-off; no washing down of paved surfaces; using water in a decorative fountain unless recirculated.
  • 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.
  • Carmichael Water District - Effective August 1, 2014, Stage 2 mandatory water use program: no water runoff from property allowed; free flowing hoses are prohibited for any use; all hoses must have an automatic shutoff device; the direct application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks is prohibited except for health and safety; car washing must use bucket and hose with automatic shut-off nozzle; all swimming pools, spas, and ornamental fountains/pools using district water shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and maintained leak free; the “dump and fill” practice of swimming pool maintenance is prohibited. No filling of swimming pools, ornamental fountains, water features, or ponds allowed, except to maintain levels; internal and external water leaks must be fixed in a timely manner; new landscape installations should be limited to drought-tolerant plants and natives.  Recommend no new turf or hydro-seeding; wash only full loads of laundry and dishes. Repeat violations will be subject to fines.
  • 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 Alhambra - The following uses of water are prohibited:  to hose paved surfaces unless the purpose is for health and safety; to fill or maintain levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, and similar structures unless such structure is equipped with a water recycling system; to serve drinking water unless at the express request of a customer; to allow water to leak or fail to timely repair any leak; to allow run off; to use a hose to wash vehicles, or building exteriors or other hard-surfaced areas without an operating shut-off valve; to irrigate more often than once every three days; to irrigate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; to refill a swimming pool, spa or hot tub.
  • City of American Canyon - Drought Emergency Stage 2 (Mandatory Compliance - Water Alert) on Aug.29. Prohibitions include: No washing down driveways, sidewalks, patios and other paved areas with a hose.No water of lawns, landscaping or vegetation that causes runoff; no watering of lawns and landscaping between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.; no washing motor vehicles between noon and 6 p.m. At all times, the hose must be fitted with a shut-off nozzle. No using potable water in a water feature unless the water is recirculated. No refilling or initial filling of water to a swimming pool.
  • City of Anaheim - Aug. 13: Mandatory restrictions - No run-off; wash vehicles with automatic shut-off nozzles only; no washing of hard-paved surfaces; no potable water in decorative fountain unless recirculated. No watering between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • City of Antioch - Aug. 26: Residents may not fill decorative lakes, ponds, or fountains that do not recirculate the water; wash off sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking spots and other areas with hard surfaces; irrigate their yards to the point that there's a flood or that water runs into a gutter, drain, street or onto a patio or driveway; wash a vehicle, trailer or boat using a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle.
  • City of Arcadia - Aug. 6: Phase I mandatory restrictions: No hose washing of sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas, no water can be used to clean, fill, or maintain levels in decorative fountains, unless such water is part of a recycling system; no watering lawn, landscape, or turf areas between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., no run-off; no leaks; water served upon request only. If residents break the rules they will be subject to a surcharge penalty for water in excess of the base amount supplied to them. Residents caught breaking the rules three times could see a $100 fine.
  • 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 Azusa - Phase III of Water Conservation Plan: – Water two days per week; after 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. the following morning if using automatic sprinklers. No watering of lawn or landscape with hose except on designated days and only if positive shut off nozzle is used. No washing down of sidewalks/driveways; no runoff. Wash vehicles only with a positive shut-off valve or bucket permitted 
    Repair leaks within 48 hours.
  • 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.
  • City of Beverly Hills - Asking residents to observe restricted watering days. Runoff from outdoor sprinklers and using a watering hose to clear driveways, sidewalks and streets is prohibited and subject to fines. Using drinking water in non-circulating fountains is prohibited. The City has an automated  leak detection program and notifies residents if a leak is identified. 
  • City of Burbank - Mandatory restrictions: Landscape irrigation limited to 15 minutes per station a day, once a week — on Saturdays — from November through March, and three times a week — on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — between April and October. Watering has to take place before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.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 CloverdaleImposed mandatory water conservation measures on Jan. 22, with the intent to curtail water use by 25%.
  • City of CoronaHas declared a Stage 2 Water Emergency. Stage 2 Mandatory restrictions: These actions are prohibited --Watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; allowing water to run off property; using water to wash down hard surfaces. Leaks and broken sprinklers must be fixed in a timely manner. Irrigation three days a week by address; 20 minutes per station; only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. Washing vehicles is permitted with a bucket and hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. Water upon request only in restaurants.
  • City of Daly City Aug. 11: Mandatory restrictions. Urgency ordinance prohibits residents from: washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering outdoor landscapes that cause visible runoff; using a hose to wash an automobile, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in non-recirculated ornamental fountains. In addition, outdoor irrigation is prohibited from the hours of 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and limited to no more than two days per week (Sunday through Saturday).
  • City of Del Mar -- declared Drought Response Stage 2 to be in effect  on July 21, 2014. This declaration makes mandatory a variety of water conservation measures city-wide, including but not limited to:Limiting outdoor irrigation to between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. except for drip or micro irrigation systems, controlling irrigation to avoid runoff to adjacent properties or public and private roadways; using brooms to clean outdoor paved areas and not water washing except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards; washing cars only using hand held hoses with positive shut off nozzles; restaurants only serving water upon request; repairing all water leaks promptly; only operating ornamental fountains that recirculate water.
  • City of Fairfield - July 31: the City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by implementing the following mandatory conservation measures: Water landscapes before noon or after 6 p.m.; wash paved areas only to protect public health and safety; refrain from using running water to wash buildings; wash vehicles only at a commercial car wash or with the use of a controllable water source such as a bucket or hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • City of FolsomAdopted 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 Fresno - Effective Aug. 1: Stage 2 of water Contingency Plan. Limit summer outdoor irrigation to 2 days/ week with reduced watering times (or allow only irrigation of trees and shrubs, but not turf), prohibit winter outdoor irrigation; allow car washing with bucket only (a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle may be used for a quick rinse); watering must occur before 6 a.m. and after 7 p.m. 
  • City of Gilroy - Aug. 7: No watering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; no runoff; watering limited to three days a week, 15 minutes only.
  • City of Glendora - Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation: All Glendora customers reduce water consumption to a level at least 10% below the use level for the same billing period last year. Use full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher; take shorter showers; install low-flow showerheads and toilets; repair leaks; when brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the faucet; water the lawn only when necessary; install a programmable irrigation system; water only when it is cool outside, early morning or evening is best; do not wash down driveways and sidewalks, use a broom.
  • City of Grover BeachOn June 16, 2014, the City Council declared a Stage III Water Shortage for the City of Grover Beach. A Stage III Declaration is 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 Hillsborough - Aug. 18: Requires efficient irrigation, which is defined as irrigating twice weekly or in a manner designed to achieve a comparable reduction in water consumption; prohibits irrigation during daylight hours, defined as one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset; prohibits excessive runoff from irrigation, either onto streets, sidewalks or adjacent property;prohibits washing sidewalks, driveways and other hardscape with potable water except where necessary to address an immediate health or safety need; requires hoses used to wash vehicles be equipped with nozzle shut-off devices; prohibits the use of potable water in fountains and decorative water features except where the water is part of a re-circulating system; and provides for fines up to $500 per day for each violation.
  • City of La Verne -Aug. 4: Phase V Water Use Restrictions - No washing of paved surfaces; vehicles may only be washed with hand held bucket and hose with automatic shut-off nozzle, or at commercial carwash that uses reclaimed water; water shall not be used in decorative fountains unless part of a recycling system; water served upon request at restaurants; leaks repaired within 48 hours of notification; watering  permitted between the hours of one hour before sunset and ten a.m. for no more than five minutes per station or area, and not to exceed more than 20 minutes per week; except that there shall be no restriction on watering with reclaimed water, providing that signs are posted that identify reclaimed water is being used. The use of properly operating drip irrigation systems or hand held buckets shall be permitted at any time. No run-off.
  • City of Lakewood - July 23: No washing driveways and sidewalks and limit the watering of lawns and gardens to twice a week, 10 minutes each time between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m.No run-off; washing vehicles and other equipment can only be done with water from a bucket or a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Watering of a lawn is exempted from the twice-per-week rules if done with a hose utilizing a shut-off nozzle.The city can issue citations to residents with fines of up to $500 per violation, although the process starts with a warning letter and builds for repeat violations.
  • City of Lathrop: Aug. 20: Residents and commercial irrigation two days per week, only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.; no runoff; handheld trigger shutoff nozzles required for all hoses; no washing of paved surfaces or building exteriors; leaks must be fixed; all ornamental fountains except those that utilize water recycling equipment must be turned off. Fines for violations..
  • 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 Napa - Stage 2 Moderate Water Shortage Regulations: Specific water-wasting actions prohibited, with violations subject to fines of up to $500: Over-watering lawns and landscapes such that excessive runoff flows onto adjacent property, walkways, roadways, or parking lots; using water to wash driveways or sidewalks; using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless hose is equipped with a shutoff nozzle; using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated. No landscape irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., except to meet the initial watering requirements of newly planted landscaping and newly seeded lawns; no draining and refilling of swimming pools, unless needed for repair purposes.
  • City of Oceanside - Aug. 7: Level II Mandatory Conservation.  No washing down of paved surfaces,except to alleviate safety or sanitation hazards; no run-off; irrigate three days a week 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 restaurants only upon request; linens replaced in commercial lodging establishments upon request only; repair leaks within 72 hours.
  • 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 Pasadena - July 28: declared a local  water emergency, establishing a 20% conservation goal and implementing  the city’s Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan, with mandatory water waste  restrictions effective immediately. Watering limited to three days per week in summer, one  day per week in winter and requires that leaks be repaired within 72 hours, in  addition to permanent water waste prohibition. Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for  residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts.
  • 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 Redding - Aug. 5: Mandatory restrictions. No run-off; use a hose with shut-off nozzles to wash cars, washing driveways and sidewalks and using running water in decorative fountains. Water three days a week by address, early morning or evening. Enforcement will start with two warnings before the water user receives a letter explaining the fines. The fourth incident will trigger a fine, to be determined.
  • City of Redlands - Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • City of PowayJuly 21- Level 2 Water shortage. Mandatory conservation measures that took effect on Aug. 1: Watering based on address, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Landscape irrigation using sprinklers is limited to no more than ten minutes maximum per watering station per assigned day. This requirement does not apply to drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems. Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system may occur no more than three assigned days per week by using a hand-held container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume soaker hose.
  • City of Rio Dell - Rio Dell residents will face an initial 50% increase in their water bills — followed by steeper penalties --  if they use more than the allotted 50 gallons a day per person during the water shortage.
  • City of Riverside - Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • City of Rohnert Park - No run-off; no washing cars without shut-off nozzle; no washing of paved surfaces; no use of potable water in decorative fountains; no irrigating between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; no run-off.
  • 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.Stage II, Mandatory Compliance; Water Alert: Irrigation of lawns, gardens is allowed only on an irrigation day designated by the city (see above) and is prohibited between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. However, irrigation is permitted at any time if a handheld hose or drip irrigation hose is used, or a five gallon bucket. Washing vehicles is allowed on irrigation days, only with a handheld bucket with a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Refilling or adding water to swimming pools is only allowed on irrigation days and is prohibited between noon and 8 p.m. No run-off; fix leaks; no washing down of paved surfaces; water served in restaurants only upon request.
  • 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 San JoseAug. 26: Declared a citywide water shortage. It is illegal to use potable water to irrigate lawns between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through April 2015. Also prohibited: washing vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle and filling non-recirculating fountains with potable water.
  • 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 Santa Rosa - Aug. 5 - Stage 1 – Mandatory complies with the State’s Emergency Drought Regulations and includes the following: Prohibits water waste as defined by our water waste ordinance; water waste is defined as break or leaks in the distribution system and runoff and overspray from irrigation; requires outdoor irrigation to occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.; prohibits washing down of hardscapes (unless required for public health and safety); prohibits the use of potable water for street washing; requires the use of shut-off hose nozzles on all garden and utility hoses; requires “Water-on-request” programs at restaurants.
  • City of Seal Beach - Mandatory restrictions include limiting outdoor water use to three days a week before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. No washing of hard paved surfaces; no run-off; vehicles washed with shutoff nozzle and hand held bucket. First offense is written warning, second offense is 15% surcharge on resident's water bill. After that, water may be restricted.
  • City of Shasta Lake - Aug. 5: Mandatory restrictions include: limiting irrigation to three nights a week between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.; no run-off; Now new landscape irrigation systems installed for developed parcels. No washing down of paved surfaces; water leaks must be repaired within 24 hours of notification. Vehicles cannot be washed with a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle. Restaurants may only serve water upon request.
  • 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 - Phase II Water Emergency. Single family homes 65 gallons per day, 2,500 gallons per month for irrigation.
  • City of Truckee - Aug. 12: Stage 2 Mandatory Drought regulations - watering limited to two days per week; no run-off; when washing vehicles, must use hose with automatic shut-off valve. No use of potable water in fountains or other decorative water features unless water is recirculated. There are provisions for penalties and fines.
  • 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%.
  • Coachella Valley Water District - Aug. 12: Mandatory water restrictions. Irrigate lawns/other landscaping only after sunset and before 10 a.m., except when over-seeding. Repair broken sprinklers within 24 hours of being notified. Do not wash down hardscapes. Only use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when washing vehicles, windows, solar panels, tennis courts. Prevent runoff. Operate fountains or other water features only if they recirculate the water. Restaurants can serve water to customers only upon request. Hotels supply clean linens upon request. First offense is a written warning; 2nd offense is a $50 fine on the water bill; 3rd offense is a $100 fine; and 4th offense is a $200 fine.
  • Coastside County Water District - Aug. 12: Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency Warning. Mandatory restrictions and prohibitions on irrigation and outdoor water use.
  • 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%. Mandatory restrictions prohibit: outside irrigation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m; outside water that results is excess runoff into a gutter, drain, etc.; washing a vehicle without a shutoff nozzle; washing paved or other hard-surface with water; using a non-recirculating decorative fountain or filling decorative lakes or ponds.
  • Crescenta Valley Water District - Declared Yellow Alert - defined as an Extraordinary Conservation Alert. Extraordinary conservation is called for from customers. Customers are required 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 - Aug. 26: Stage 2 Alert which requires customers to conserve 10% of their water use compared to their previous billing cycle.  Outdoor irrigating is limited between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. The following prohibitions are also mandated: applying water to outdoor landscapes that contributes to run-off; using a hose to wash automobiles if it's not equipped with a shut-off nozzle; applying water to hard surfaces; using potable water in fountain or decorative water features; leaks and broken sprinklers repaired upon notification by the district; restaurants will only serve water on request; hotels will offer guests the option to not launder linen daily.  
  • Desert Water Agency - Effective August 5, 2014, DWA has implemented Stage 2 of the Agency's water shortage contingency plan. The following activities are prohibited: Washing hardscape; running water for car washing (bucket allowed, nozzle allowed for rinsing only). Commercial nurseries may only water between midnight and 6 a.m. Parks, golf courses, and schools may only irrigate landscapes between sunset and sunrise. Lawn watering and construction meter use may only occur between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. Restaurants may only provide water upon request. Exceptions to these mandates will be made in situations where health and safety concerns exist. Recycled water users are also exempt.
  • 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 Bay Municipal Utility District - Aug. 12: Mandatory restrictions - water outdoor landscapes two times per week. No runoff; no washing of hard-paved surfaces, unless for health or safety reasons. Vehicles may only be washed with hoses with shut-off nozzles. Fountains and decorative water feature must be turned off unless they use recirculated water. 
  • 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.
  • Eastern Municipal Water District - Stage 3a, which we are asking customers to reduce outdoor irrigation by one day per week and no longer approving variances for the establishment of new landscaping, the filling of swimming pools or for leaks not repaired within 48 hours.
  • El Dorado Irrigation District - From June 16 until September 15, the mandatory watering restrictions are limited to three times a week, based upon your address. No irrigating is allowed on any day between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • El Toro Water District - Aug. 30: Level 1 Water Shortage. No outside irrigation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; limit to 15 minutes or less per day per valve; do not water while it is raining; no excessive water flow or runoff; fix leaks within 5 days; do not hose or wash down paved surfaces;ash vehicles using a bucket or hose with a shutoff nozzle or visit a local carwash that uses recycled water; ll decorative fountains and water features must use re-circulated water; restaurants must serve water only upon request; hotels must provide fresh linen option.
  • Helix Water District - Aug. 7 - Drought Level 2: Limit residential and commercial landscape irrigation to three days per week (chosen by customer), no more than 10 minutes per station; no run-off. Turn off ornamental fountains and other water features unless they recirculate water. When hand-watering landscaped areas, including trees and shrubs located on residential and commercial properties, use a bucket, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume non-spray irrigation. Limit hand-watering to three days per week (chosen by customer). Repair all leaks within 72 hours.
  • Indian Wells Valley Water District - Aug. 13: Mandatory water restrictions - no washing down sidewalks and driveways; no watering of outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; no washing a motor vehicle with a hose that does not have a shut-off nozzle; no operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system; no watering between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Four step penalty process.
  • Irvine Ranch Water District - Asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.  At this time, IRWD will utilize an alternative method to discourage water wasters. IRWD will use the allocation-based conservation rate structure to limit outdoor watering. Rather than specifying which days a customer can water their yard, IRWD will assign each customer a monthly water budget. This approach complies with the new state emergency drought regulations and promotes long term behavior changes by sending a strong price signal that something is wrong, maybe a water leak or broken sprinkler timer. Customers are able to fix these problems and understand how they cause water over-use.
  • Lake Arrowhead Community Services District - Irrigation Season: May 1st through October 15th only. Penalties may be imposed for irrigating during the non-season. Irrigation is only allowed on Monday and Friday. Do not irrigate landscape between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. No run-off; repair leaks  immediately; do not wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, etc. Use a broom. Wash cars with a bucket and only rinse with a hose that has a shutoff nozzle. No new lawn/turf grass is permitted at this time per Ordinance 69 landscaping restrictions.
  • Las Virgenes Municpal Water District - Three-days per week limit on irrigation; addresses ending in even numbers may irrigate Monday, Wednesday, Friday; odd-numbered addresses may irrigate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; no irrigation is permitted Sundays. Irrigation may not occur between 10 a.m. and 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.)
  • Marin Municipal Water District - Aug. 20 Mandatory prohibitions - irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., as is using a hose without a shutoff nozzle; allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area; hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas; non-recirculating decorative fountains.
  • Menlo Park Municipal Water DistrictAug. 26: In addition to the state's prohibition against using potable water to wash cars without a shut-off nozzle, hose down driveways or sidewalks, irrigate landscaping and run in fountains unless recirculated, the city's urgency ordinance bans new or expanded irrigation systems and limits new water service connections and use of private wells and it forbids using potable water from being used to fill new swimming pools or to control dust at construction sites. Residential, commercial and industrial customers must reduce their water consumption by 30 percent district-wide, while customers such as cities, schools, apartment complexes and other big water users that irrigate parks, school yards and golf courses must cut back by 45 percent.
  • Mesa Water District - Mandatory restrictions: watering of lawn, landscape, or other vegetated areas should only be done before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; no run-off; use a broom to clean hard or paved surfaces; use only a bucket, or hose with a water shut-off nozzle to clean vehicles; fix leaks.
  • Mission Springs Water District - Aug. 18: No run-off; wash vehicles with hose with shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; no use of potable water in decorative water feature unless recirculated; no watering between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Board adopted a schedule of civil penalties consisting of a written warning, followed by a $100 surcharge applied to the water bill for noncompliance, and a second surcharge of $200 and/or installation of a flow restrictor for a third violation. Subsequent violations will result in water service shutoff.
  • Monte Vista Water District - 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; recirculation technologies. On March 12, 2014, the District’s Board of Directors adopted Resolution 676-14 recognizing the severity of the statewide drought, commending customers for exceeding state mandated 20% reduction by 2020, calling on customers to reduce use by an additional 20%, and authorizing enhanced enforcement of existing mandatory requirements. 
  • 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.
  • Moulton Niguel Water District - Please reduce water use by at least by 20%. Mandatory restrictions include: Irrigation of lawns, landscapes or other vegetation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; watering is limited to no more than a maximum of 10 minutes per day, per station. This does not include drip irrigation or high-efficiency sprinkler systems.No run-off; no hosing down hard or paved surfaces. All major leaks, breaks or malfunctions must be fixed in 72 hours. Fountains and decorative water features must use re-circulated water. A bucket or hose with a positive shutoff nozzle must be used when washing vehicles. Restaurants will serve water only upon request. Hotels must provide the option to not launder linens daily. New water service will not be provided to structures using single-pass cooling systems. New commercial laundry and carwash systems must install recirculating potable water systems. Restaurants are required to use water conserving dish wash spray valves
  • 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. 
  • Nevada Irrigation District - Stage III Drought Contingency Plan: Mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering during the day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and asks customers to limit outdoor watering to every other day.
  • Newhall County Water District - Between now and October, residents can water three days a week based on address. November through March, just two days a week. Board member put a limit of $5,000 for violators. (Repeat offenders can be fined $500 a day.)
  • North Coast County Water District - Aug. 20:  Stage 2  Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Mandatory Restrictions - No run-off; wash vehicles with hose with automatic shut-off nozzle only; no washing of paved surfaces; do not use water in a fountain or decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system; water upon request only in restaurants; no use of water on new outdoor ornamental landscaping or turf installed on or after September 1, 2014, unless the landscaping consists of low water use drought tolerant plants; irrigate no more than two days per week, except when watering by hand-held bucket, hand-held hose with automatic shut-off valve, low volume irrigation system or water for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system; do not irrigate between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • North Tahoe Public Utilities DistrictAug. 15: Stage 2 Mandatory Water Restrictions. Prohibitions include: Washing paved surfaces; leaks not repaired; run-off; irrigating between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; non-commercial washing of vehicles except with a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle; filling or refilling swimming pools; use of potable water for dust control. Violators will first be warned, then fines will be issued for subsequent offenses.
  • Olivenhain Municipal Water District - July 23: Level 2 Water Supply Shortage -- no washing down surfaces, unless to alleviate a health or safety hazard; no water waste from inefficient irrigation; do not irrigate between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; use a hand-held hose only when equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or bucket; do not irrigate nursery and commercial grower's products between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; repair all leaks within 72 hours; odd/even watering schedules; watering is limited to 10 minutes per station per day, unless you use a weather based irrigation controller, drip/micro-irrigation system, stream rotor sprinklers, or recycled water for irrigation.
  • Orange Vale Water Company - Mandatory 20% reduction. Requesting no outdoor irrigation.
  • Padre Dam Municipal Water District - Aug. 6: Level 2 Drought Alert: Watering limited to three days per week, no more than 10 minutes per station; no watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; no watering while it is raining; new water-efficient landscaping may be watered at any time for two months; repair all leaks within 72 hours; use recycled water for ornamental fountains and ponds; no washing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; wash vehicles using a hand-held bucket and a hose with a shut-off nozzle. Water in restaurants and fresh linens in hotels upon request.
  • 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.
  • Placer County Water AgencyAug. 1: the following uses of potable (treated) water are prohibited by PCWA customers: Watering outdoor landscapes more than 2 days per week, unless applied by high efficiency equipment specified in the Agency’s irrigation efficiencies program; watering landscapes in such a manner that causes runoff. Please check your sprinklers and make sure they are watering lawns, trees and shrubs – and not the driveway, sidewalk or other similar areas. Using a hose without a shut-off nozzle to wash a vehicle. Washing hard surfaces, such as driveways and sidewalks. Using water in a decorative water feature, such as fountain, without a recirculating system.
  • Rancho California Water District - Stage 3 Water warning: Mandatory measures - Irrigate lawns and landscape only between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.; no run-off; use a broom instead of a hose to clean hardscape surfaces; tune-up your irrigation system by checking for and repairing leaks and damaged sprinklers; refrain from using decorative fountains unless they are equipped with a recycling (recirculating) system; do not allow hoses to run while washing motor vehicles (including autos, trucks, trailers, motor homes, boats or others). Use a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff valve; wash full loads; fix leaks; shorten showers and turn off faucets while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • 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%.
  • Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District- Aug. 12 Level 2 – Drought Alert. Mandatory restrictions: Limit all landscape irrigation to three days or less per week between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. during the months of June through October and one day or less per week during the months of November through May (property owner can choose which days), 1 This does not apply to commercial growers or nurseries. Limit all landscape irrigation run times to ten minutes per station. This provision does not apply to landscape irrigation systems using water efficient devices, including but not limited to weather-based irrigation controllers, stream rotors, drip emitters, or other micro-irrigation systems.
  • Rio Alta Water District - Effective Aug. 15: Mandatory restrictions. No run-off; vehicles washed with automatic shut-off nozzle only; no use of potable water to wash paved surfaces or in decorative fountains; irrigation two days a week, based on street, between 12:01 a.m. and 9 a.m. First offense - warning; second offense - $50; third offense - $100; third offense - $500.
  • 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.
  • Riverside Public Utilities - Aug. 1: Mandatory Restrictions - No water waste through run off; no irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; the application of water to streets and sidewalks is prohibited; and washing of autos, trucks, boats, etc. during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only with a hand-held bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle.
  • 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.
  • Sacramento Suburban Water District - Effective July 21: Stage 2 - Water Warning. Mandatory Actions: No run-off; washing of vehicles is permitted only with the use of a water saver nozzle equipped with automatic shut-off and bucket;  no washing of paved surfaces; except as necessary for health, sanitary, or fire protection purposes,  When used for these exceptions, high-pressure washers shall be used. Hoses must have automatic shut-off nozzles. Leaks must be repaired within seven days. No irrigation when it is raining Pool draining and refilling, beginning on July 21, 2014 and lasting until Stage 2 - Water Warning is rescinded, will be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations upon submittal of a written report by a health official or pool consultant and approval provided by the District. All pools, spas, decorative or ornamental fountains, ponds and waterways must be equipped with a recirculation pump and must be constructed to be leak-proof.The use of water in new conveyer car washes and new commercial laundry systems that do not use a recirculation system shall be prohibited. Hydrant permits for construction water will be issued only with the approval of the General Manager. Potable water must not be used for construction site street cleaning or dust control. New or expanded landscape shall be limited to drought tolerant trees, shrubs and ground cover. No new turf shall be planted, hydro-seeded or laid without prior approval of the General Manager.No Watering between noon and 8 p.m. Odd/Even outdoor watering two days a week. Restaurants shall only serve water when requested.
  • San Diego Water Authority July 24. Mandatory outdoor watering restrictions to no more than three days per week. During the months of November through May, landscape irrigation is limited to no more than once per week. Watering only during the late evening or early morning hours; eliminating runoff from irrigation systems; repairing all leaks within 72 hours; turning off water fountains and other water features unless they use recycled water; using hoses with shut-off valves for washing cars (or patronizing commercial car washes that re-circulate water); water to restaurant patrons only upon request. Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering towels and linens daily.
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Aug. 12: mandate to reduce potable water use by 10% for outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscape and turf. Prohibitions include: Watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff; using a hose, without a shut-off nozzle, for any purpose; using drinking water in non- recirculating fountains or decorative water devices; and washing down driveways/sidewalks except for health and safety purposes.
  • 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 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.
  • Santa Fe Irrigation District - Aug. 21: Declared a Level 2 Condition - No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. only; watering is permitted at any time with a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket, or when a drip/micro-irrigation system is used; wash vehicles with a bucket and a hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle or at carwash that recirculates water; water upon request in restaurants; fresh linens upon requests in hotels; irrigation by assigned days; repair all leaks within 72 hours of notification; stop operation of ornamental fountains unless recycled or recirculated water is used.
  • Santa Margarita Water District - Aug. 8: Second stage mandatory restrictions - Residential lawn watering is limited to three days a week and new swimming pools cannot be filled. Existing swimming pools can be filled up to a foot for maintenance. Leaks must be repaired within 48 hours of notification. Those with drip or other high-efficiency systems or weather-based irrigation timers, are exempt from the three-day watering restrictions. Water served upon request in restaurants.
  • Serrano Water District - Limits on watering days; must repair leaks.
  • Soquel Creek Water District - No irrigation run-off; no watering between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; no hosing down of hard or paved surface; always use a positive shut-off hose nozzle - required for all outdoor water use, including cleaning of structures or vehicles. Repair leaks within 72 hours. Water upon request only in food service establishments. Hospitality/ lodging establishments must give customers the option to forego daily laundering of linens and must display notice of this policy.
  • South Coast Water District - 2/28/14: Level 1 Water Supply Alert,  mandatory 20% reduction in potable water usage District-wide and compliance with the limitation of potable water used for landscaping to three days a week as well as repair of water leaks in homes and businesses within three business days.  No hosing or washing down vehicles, including but not limited to automobiles, trucks, vans, buses, motorcycles, boats or trailer except when using an automatic shut-off nozzle; prohibition of hosing or washing down hard or paved surfaces, such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or alleys; and all decorative water fountains and water features must re-circulate water.
  • South Tahoe Public Utilities District - Stage I Mandatory Restrictions: No run-off; repair leaks; vehicles washed with shut-off valve only; no irrigation of undeveloped property; water three days a week by address; no washing of paved surfaces; water in restaurants by request only.
  • Starview Water System - Stage 3 of drought management plan.Calling for 35% mandatory reduction with steep surcharges for exceeding the allowed limits.
  • Tahoe City Public Utilities District- July 25:  Stage 2 Drought Restrictions - Restrictions on outdoor spray irrigation (drip-only irrigation is not subject to this) — addresses ending in even numbers can water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; addresses ending in odd numbers can water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; restaurants and bars are to serve water only upon request; complete filling of outdoor swimming pools is prohibited without written authorization.
  • 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.
  • Vallecitos Water District - Aug. 7: Level; 2 Drought Alert. No washing of paved surfaces; no run-off; irrigate no more than three days a week and no more than once a week from November through May; only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., 10 minutes per station. Trigger nozzles and buckets to wash cars; use re-circulated water to operate ornamental fountains; serve water in restaurants only upon request; offer guests of commercial lodging the option of not laundering towels and linens daily; repair all water leaks within five days of notification by Vallecitos Water District.
  • Valley County Water District July 28, 2014 declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Emergency all residential and commercial customers follow the outlined mandatory water conservation measures: no washing down of paved surfaces; use a handheld garden hose nozzle that has an automatic shut-off valve to wash any motor vehicle(s) at home, or taking the motor vehicle(s) to the carwash. No cleaning, filling, or maintaining of water levels in decorative fountains, ponds, lakes, or other similar structures of aesthetic value unless such water is part of a recycled water system. Repairing leaks within 72 hours. No watering between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and during periods of rain. No run-off; water upon request only in restaurants. Clean linens upon request in hotels.
  • Vista Irrigation District - Aug. 6: Level 2 Water Conservation. Mandatory water restrictions: no washing down of paved surfaces except for health and safety purposes; no run-off; do not water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; assigned watering days, 10 minutes per station. Wash vehicles using a bucket and handheld hose with shut-off nozzle.
  • West Kern Water District - July 29: Response Level 2. Mandatory restrictions include no hosing down of paved surfaces; no run-off; no watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., wash vehicles with bucket and automatic shut-off nozzle or at recycled car washes only; water served in restaurants upon request only; hotel linens laundered only upon request; pools, decorative fountains must recirculate water; leaks fixed within 24 hours. Penalties will apply upon repeat infractions.
  • Western Municipal Water District - Stage I Mandatory restrictions: Landscape watering is prohibited on all days of the week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; no run-off; hoses need to have automatic, shut-off nozzles; all leaks, improperly adjusted sprinklers or other water conduits/fixtures that need repair must be corrected within 72-hours of district notification.No washing down sidewalks, driveways, patios or other paved or hard surface areas. Two notices of violation, then a $100 penalty per day would apply.
     

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.
  • 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 Angels Camp - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
  • Cosumnes Community Services District - Feb. 4: Resolution asking for regional effort to voluntarily reduce water use by 20%.
  • 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.
  • East Valley Water District - Voluntary 20% reduction.
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District - Asking for 20% water use reduction in line with governor's request. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District - Voluntary 20%, in compliance with governor.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - Drought Emergency Stage 2 (Mandatory Compliance - Water Alert) on Aug.29. Prohibitions include: No washing down driveways, sidewalks, patios and other paved areas with a hose.No water of lawns, landscaping or vegetation that causes runoff; no watering of lawns and landscaping between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.; no washing motor vehicles between noon and 6 p.m. At all times, the hose must be fitted with a shut-off nozzle. No using potable water in a water feature unless the water is recirculated. No refilling or initial filling of water to a swimming pool.
  • 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 CoronaPhase II Water Emergency. Single family homes 65 gallons per person per day, 2,500 gallons per month for irrigation.
  • 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 Pasadena - July 28: declared a local  water emergency, establishing a 20% conservation goal and implementing the city’s Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan, with mandatory water waste  restrictions effective immediately. Watering limited to three days per week in summer, one  day per week in winter and requires that leaks be repaired within 72 hours, in  addition to permanent water waste prohibition. Fines for repeat offenders can be up to $500 per violation for  residential customers, and up to $1,000 per violation for commercial accounts.
  • 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 Poway July 21- Level 2 Water shortage. Mandatory conservation measures that took effect on Aug. 1: Watering based on address, between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Landscape irrigation using sprinklers is limited to no more than ten minutes maximum per watering station per assigned day. This requirement does not apply to drip, micro-irrigation, or stream rotor systems. Watering of landscaped areas that are not irrigated by a landscape irrigation system may occur no more than three assigned days per week by using a hand-held container, hand-held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, or low-volume soaker hose.
  • City of San Jose - Aug. 26: Declared a citywide water shortage. It is illegal to use potable water to irrigate lawns between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through April 2015. Also prohibited: washing vehicles without an automatic shut-off nozzle and filling non-recirculating fountains with potable water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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