DWR Releases Draft Urban Water Management Plan Guidebook by ACWA Staff Sep 11, 2020 Water News The Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released the draft “Urban Water Management Plan Guidebook 2020.” The guidebook has been updated from the 2015 edition to help urban water suppliers prepare their Urban Water Management Plans (UWMP) in accordance with the new “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” legislation. New requirements that are proposed include a five consecutive dry-year water reliability assessment, drought risk assessment, seismic risk assessment and mitigation plan, water shortage contingency plan, and coordination with groundwater sustainability agencies or groundwater management agencies. The guidebook also includes information on tools and workbooks to assist urban water suppliers with electronic submittals using DWR’s portal. DWR will solicit feedback at a public workshop on Sept. 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. and public comments on the draft guidebook are due by Sept. 21. ACWA has created a working group to discuss the guidebook and ACWA members can contact Senior Regulatory Advocate Chelsea Haines for more information.