On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown declared an end to the drought emergency throughout California, except in four counties (Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties). Our Selma District is in Fresno County, and the Visalia District is in Tulare County; these two districts remain in a state of drought. With Governor Brown extending the drought emergency in Fresno/Tulare County, the State will be providing additional assistance to local communities.
We are pleased that the wet winter has eliminated drought conditions; however, we live in a traditionally dry climate, and we echo Governor Brown’s statement that it’s important for us to make water conservation a way of life and continue to use water wisely.
Along with Governor Brown’s announcement this morning, the State released its framework for implementing long-term conservation standards. We are currently reviewing this framework and will be able to provide additional details after we have completed our review. Until our review is complete, we will continue to show voluntary conservation targets on bills, and irrigation schedules will continue to be effective.
Although the current drought is over, the State has kept prohibited uses of water designed to encourage broader conservation in effect. These include, for example, not hosing down paved areas and turning off irrigation systems when it rains. A full list of water use restrictions can be found on the Prohibited Uses of Water page.
We thank our customers for their cooperation and remind them that we are always here to help them use water wisely. See the Conservation section of this web site or contact us for information on the many water conservation programs and resources we offer.
The latest news
- March 2017 Conservation Progress Update (April 24, 2017)
- February 2017 Conservation Progress Update (March 17, 2017)
- January 2017 Conservation Progress Update (February 17, 2017)
- December 2016 Conservation Progress Update (January 18, 2017)
- State Releases Draft Framework for Permanent Conservation Standards (December 1, 2016)
- Meet some Livermore conservation heroes (September 12, 2016)
- Water-Use Reduction Requirements Eased for Service Areas (June 23, 2016)
- Watering schedules: Outdoor irrigation schedules by district.
- Prohibited Uses of Water
- Conservation Progress Updates
- Be Water-wise and Fire-wise
- Rule 14.1: Cal Water’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, effective June 1, 2015.
- Schedule 14.1: Stage 1 in effect (Drought Surcharges discontinued as of July 29, 2016).
- State Water Board Self-Certification Data and Analysis
- City of Hawthorne Conservation Program
To help conserve water
- Conservation rebates and programs: A variety of conservation rebates and programs are available in most water systems.
- Turf replacement rebate program: Links to turf-replacement programs available in your area.
- Conservation kits: Single-family residential customers can get conservation kits featuring a range of water-saving plumbing retrofit fixtures.
- Turf Replacement Program: Information on the turf replacement program
- Conservation tips: Changes big and small you can use to save water.
- Local conservation ordinances: If you have any questions regarding these ordinances, including whether or not your city mandates water conservation, please contact your city government.
- Report water waste: Alert your local district office if you observe water being wasted.
- Social media: You can follow Cal Water on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and conservation tips.