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Drought Update/Mandatory Water Restrictions

 Drought Update

California is facing one of the driest periods in history. The state is now in the fourth consecutive year of drought conditions, and there is no relief in sight.

Limited rainfall is not the drought’s only cause, though a lack of rain has sent reservoirs and groundwater basins across the state to record lows. Warmer weather conditions have combined with limited precipitation to inhibit the formation of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which was 95 percent below its historical average this year. Residents throughout California depend on this “bank” of water, which melts slowly throughout the year to provide water supplies for nearly half the state.

Drought Monitor 

Fast Facts

  • Currently, almost 100 percent of California is experiencing some level of drought.
  • More than 93 percent of the state is facing severe drought conditions or worse.
  • The drought impacts more than 37 million Californians.
  • The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which usually melts slowly over the summer to provide 33 to 50 percent of the state’s drinking water, is at about 5 percent of its historical average.

Mandatory Restrictions

Stage III B: Water Warning - Additional Mandatory Watering Restrictions:

Under a water warning, the District asks customers:
1.  For a mandatory reduction of 25% of their water consumption from 2013.
2.  All landscape irrigation is limited to 2 (two) days per week; 10 minutes per station maximum.  
3.  Irrigating may only occur between the hours of 8pm and 6am.
4.  Prevent water waste from runoff, breaks and leaks.
5.  Washing down of hardscapes is not permitted.
6.  Washing of automobiles must be done at a car wash.
7.  If you have a fountain or water feature the water must be re-circulated.
8.  All leaks must be repaired within 48 hours of notification by the District.
9.  Swimming pools or fountains should not be filled after being drained.
10.  All restaurants and food establishments must only serve water upon request.
11. Hotels and Motels must provide their customers an option of daily cleaning of linens.

The District had a 20% decrease in water usage among our customers for the month of November 2015 as compared November of 2013.  Although the usage has decreased the drought conditions are still very extreme and the District adopted a Stage III Water Warning with additional mandatory water restrictions. 

FREE UPCOMING EVENTS: Please visit our new Conservation Events page.


First Violation - A written warning sent with a copy of regulations
Second Violation - A second written warning with what penalties could be charged
Third Violation - $100 surcharge
Fourth Violation - $300 surcharge
Fifth Violation - $500 surcharge

The District is asking its customers to partner with us to use water more efficiently to help ensure our supply for the future.  The District currently offers a multi-faceted rebate program to help customers install water saving devices inside and outside the home as well as offers FREE home water audits. 

For more information on conservation tools and tips, to schedule a FREE water audit, as well as our rebate programs please click here or contact our Water Conservation Department at (909) 875-1804 ext. 347.

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