Urban Water Conservation Emergency Regulation

As directed by Gov. Jerry Brown's Executive Order (B-37-16), on May 18, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approved modifications to the current emergency conservation regulation to reflect improved water supply conditions and allow for more local decision making. 

The modified regulation replaces the existing state-imposed mandatory conservation standards with a locally driven, supply-based assessment process.  The new regulation is effective June 1, 2016  through January 2017.

The State Water Board continues to require monthly compliance reporting, due on the 15th of each month. Information is available at the State Water Board Emergency Conservation Regulation Portal.

The State Water Board first adopted a mandatory emergency drought urban water conservation regulation on May 5, 2015, in response to Brown’s April 1, 2015 Executive Order which called for statewide water use reduction of 25% compared to water use in 2013.

The following resources are related to the State Water Board's emergency regulation and ACWA's activities.

State Water Board Emergency Conservation Regulation Portal

Feb. 8, 2017 State Water Board meeting to discuss proposed extension of emergency regulation - Staff Report

ACWA Final Comment Letter on State Water Board Proposed Extended emergency Conservation Regulation (2/3/17)

Jan. 18, 2017 State Water Board Workshop - Notice

ACWA Comment Letter on State Water Board Proposed Extended Emergency Conservation Regulation (1/12/17)

May 18, 2016 State Water Board Meeting

May 9, 2016 Executive Order and State Water Board Proposed Extended Emergency Conservation Regulation

April 20, 2016 State Water Board Workshop

Final Emergency Regulation Adopted Feb. 2, 2016

Documents on Implementation of the Regulation

Jan. 15 State Water Board Proposed 2016 Emergency Regulation

Water Agency Proposals: Workshop Fact Sheets

Dec. 7 State Water Board Public Workshop - Urban Water Conservation Emergency Regulation: 

Nov. 13 State Water Board Conservation Workgroup Meeting

Oct. 26 State Water BoardConservation Workgroup Meeting

Sept. 18 Comment Letter From Water Agencies

Aug. 26 State Water Board Conservation Workgroup Meeting

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