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 online.

(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

Voluntary water use reductions

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

Voluntary water use reduction of 20% (compared to prior three unconstrained years), declared water shortage

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Conjunctive use
  • Surface water storage
  • 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

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


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

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • 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


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

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

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


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

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

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

 


Indian Wells Valley Water District

Mandatory water use reduction of 20%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Desalination
  • Recycled water

  


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

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, 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

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

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


Palmdale Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 15%, planned water shortage declaration

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

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

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

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


Rowland Water District

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

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

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


Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Voluntary water use reductions of 15%

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


City of Shasta Lake

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Water efficiency rebates/incentive programs
  • Customer education programs


San Juan Water District

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:

  • Groundwater recharge
  • Conjunctive use
  • 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:

  • 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

Member Agencies U-Z

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Long-term drought resiliency planning includes:


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


Western Municipal Water District

Voluntary water use reduction

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

Voluntary water use reduction of 10%

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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