Rancho California WD Moves to Less Restrictive Drought Stage by Rancho California Water District Apr 24, 2019 Member Submitted News TEMECULA – Rancho California Water District is moving into the less restrictive drought stage 3a from stage 3c effective for bills issued after May 7, 2019. This winter delivered muchneeded rain and snow across California that replenished most reservoirs and brought an end to emergency conservation measures. While surface water reservoirs are full this year, our local groundwater basins remain impacted below the surface by the effects of the many recent dry years and the historically severe drought. According to General Manager Jeff Armstrong, “Rancho California Water District relies on the local groundwater basin to supply nearly 35% of the water to our customers and it will take years for it to fully recover. Not only is the groundwater a critical supply source but it reduces the need to buy imported water that is 5 times more expensive.” Residents are encouraged to continue to use water efficiently. Stage 3a will give residential, multi-family and landscape customers their full tier 1 and tier 2 efficient budget and restore the tier 3 inefficient budget. This will reduce the chance of a customer going into the wasteful tier 4 category. For more information on Stage 3a please visit the drought page at ranchowater.com. “Rancho Water appreciates the customers’ efforts to conserve during the drought and encourages customers to continue to be efficient,” said Bill Wilson, RCWD Board President. The District is requesting all customers continue to use water wisely and efficiently. The District can assist customers with this through no-cost on-site water use efficiency evaluations. The evaluation will help customers learn additional ways to be efficient at their service location and will also provide available rebate information to customers.