Drought Response

As the drought continues in California, urban and agriculture water agencies are responding with conservation goals, water efficiency programs, long-term resiliency planning and other steps. The below summaries highlight some of the responses by local water purveyors across the state. ACWA member agencies can continue to submit their information using the below button.

(Please note that the following information was voluntarily submitted by the agencies and was accurate as of the date submitted.)

Member Agencies A-C

Alameda County Water District

Mandatory water use reductions of 15% across Tri-City area (individual accounts not subjected to specific reduction levels), declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Bella Vista Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 40%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Customer education programs


Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 10-20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled Water
  • Conjunctive use
  • Customer education programs


Brooktrails Township Community Services District

Mandatory water usage cap of 9,000 gallons per month (all customers)

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled Water

Burbank Water & Power

Voluntary water use reductions of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled Water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Calleguas Municipal Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Camrosa Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Carmichael Water District

Mandatory water use reductions of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Clear Creek Community Services District

Voluntary water use reductions of 100% of outdoor usage, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Customer education programs

 


Coachella Valley Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive Use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


City of Coachella Valley Water Authority and Sanitary District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Contra Costa Water District 

Planning to declare water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Crestline-Lake Arrowhead Water Agency

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Customer education programs
  • Continuous messaging to customers on bills and special bill enclosures, as well as signage throughout our retail service area.


Cucamonga Valley Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

Member Agencies D-L

Desert Water Agency

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Diablo Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Dublin San Ramon Services District

Mandatory water use reduction of 15%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs
  • Water transfers


East Bay Municipal Utility District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Eastern Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 25%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Elk Grove Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

 


City of Folsom

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface Water Storage
  • Water efficient rebates/incentive programs
  • Use of non-potable groundwater for irrigation purposes

  


Georgetown Divide Public Utility District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface Water Storage
  • Customer education programs

 


Helix Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Water efficient rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

  


Indian Wells Valley Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Recycled water
  • Customer Education Programs

  


Indio Water Authority

Mandatory outdoor water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer Education Programs

  


Irvine Ranch Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 25%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20% overall (25% to outdoor water budgets), declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

Member Agencies M-Q

Marin Municipal Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 40%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control & Conservation Improvement District

Mandatory water use reduction of approx. 40%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Customer education programs

Mesa Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Mission Springs Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Modesto Irrigation District

Mandatory water use reduction for 2021 irrigation season- allocation is capped at 36 inches per acre

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Montague Water Conservation District

Mandatory water use reduction of 95%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Customer education programs

Note: The District was only able to deliver water to landowners for one week in April. The District filed for an emergency petition to be able to deliver wholesale water to the City of Montague via an emergency pipeline that was completed during the 2014 drought. The emergency petition was granted in June 2021 and will end on December 31, 2021.


Monte Vista Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Moulton Niguel Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Nevada Irrigation District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


North Coast County Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs


Oakdale Irrigation District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Customer education programs


City of Oceanside

Voluntary water use reductions

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Olivenhain Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reductions of 15%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive Use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Orange County Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Customer education programs


Padre Dam Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency

Voluntary water use reduction

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Palmdale Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Placer County Water Agency

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

Member Agencies R-T

Rancho California Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 10-20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive Use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Reclamation District #1500 

Mandatory water use reduction of 25%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Customer education programs

City of Redding

Voluntary water use reductions

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

 


Richvale Irrigation District

Mandatory water use reduction of 50%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface water storage

City of Roseville

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Rowland Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


City of Sacramento

Voluntary water use reductions of 15%, declared water shortage (stage 2)

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water)

Mandatory water use reductions of 15%, outdoor water limited to two days a week and restricted between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Declared water shortage on June 9, 2021.

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled and purified water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Voluntary water use reductions of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Sacramento Suburban Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


City of San Diego

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs


San Diego County Water Authority

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Desalination
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


San Dieguito Water District

Voluntary water use reduction, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled Water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


City of Shasta Lake

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface Water Storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


San Juan Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface Water Storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Santa Margarita Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

  


City of Santa Rosa

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Surface Water Storage
  • Recycled Water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Sonoma Water

Voluntary water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


South Tahoe Public Utility District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District

Mandatory water use reduction, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water


Three Valleys Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs



Turlock Irrigation District

Mandatory Water Use Reductions to growers (27 inches in 2022 compared to 42 inches in 2020), declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage – after the 2012-2015 drought, TID built Lateral 8 Regulating Reservoir which supports water conservation by storing 130 acre-feet of water resulting in 9,000 AF average annual savings and a 90 percent reduction in groundwater pumping within the project area. The district is planning two additional reservoirs over the next two years.
  • Customer education programs
  • Online Tools: TID has created a series of online tools that help growers better manage and plan their irrigation operations for more efficient use. TID is also piloting a Drought Transfer Program that allows farmers to transfer a specific amount of available water to another grower based on the severity of the dry water years.

Member Agencies U-Z

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:


Vallecitos Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15% 

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Desalination
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Valley Center Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15% (The district has reduced its usage 36% compared to 2013 levels)

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Desalination
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Valley of the Moon Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Vista Irrigation District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Walnut Valley Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


West Basin Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Western Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 20%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Westlands Water District

Mandatory, no outdoor water use for M&I customers and voluntary indoor water use reduction of 25%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs

 


City of West Sacramento

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs

 


City of Yuba City 

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


Zone 7 Water Agency

Mandatory water use reduction of 15%, declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • Recycled water
  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs
  • Water transfers

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