Latest Drought News

Cal Water supports Governor Newsom’s call for statewide conservation made in July 2021. With this call, 50 counties are now under the governor’s emergency drought declaration, which includes the following 18 Cal Water service areas: Bakersfield (Kern County), Bayshore – Mid-Peninsula (San Mateo County), Bayshore – South San Francisco (San Mateo County), Bear Gulch (San Mateo County), Chico (Butte County), Dixon (Solano County), Kern River Valley (Kern County), King City (Monterey County), Livermore (Alameda County), Los Altos (Santa Clara County), Marysville (Yuba County), Oroville (Butte County), Redwood Valley (Sonoma and Lake Counties), Salinas (Monterey County), Selma (Fresno County), Stockton (San Joaquin County), Visalia (Tulare County), and Willows (Glenn County).

Drought conditions

Cal Water has been preparing to meet customers’ needs in preparation for drought conditions. While some preparations are specific to local service areas, efforts across all of its districts include:

  • Replacing, repairing, and upgrading infrastructure to minimize water loss;
  • Identifying and repairing leaks through a Water Loss Auditing and Control Program;
  • Developing 30-year Water Supply and Facilities Master Plans, which enable the utility to identify and address potential gaps in supplies; and
  • Updating its Conservation Master Plan to help determine programs that would most benefit local customers and reduce water use.

“Although our efforts are critically important, they can’t take the place of customer conservation efforts,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. “Our customers throughout our service areas have done a tremendous job with their conservation efforts when needed, and we look forward to partnering with them again as we face another drought.”

Water-efficient sprinkler

Cal Water encourages customers to utilize its industry-leading conservation program to help save water every day. The utility offers:

  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices;
  • A free conservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shutoff valve, high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators, and more;
  • Educational resources;
  • Conservation tips;
  • A smart landscape tune-up program that includes an irrigation system evaluation along with installation of efficient devices and repair of irrigation leaks at no cost to customers;
  • And more.

Grass with water drops

Cal Water also reminds residents and businesses to continue observing the prohibited uses of water that have been in effect. Please see the prohibited uses of water page for the full list of water-wasting activities, which include, in part:

  • Using water on outdoor landscaping that causes runoff onto adjacent properties or paved areas
  • Not repairing leaks within five days of notification
  • Irrigating outdoors between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., unless local ordinances state otherwise
  • Using a hose to wash vehicles unless the hose has a shutoff nozzle or similar device
  • Using water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where part of a recirculating system.

We thank our customers for their cooperation and remind them that we are always here to help them use water wisely. See the Conservation and Conservation Resources sections of this web site or contact us for information on the many water conservation programs and resources we offer.

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