Latest Drought News

Cal Water supports Governor Newsom’s call for statewide conservation made in October 2021, and the State Water Resources Control Board’s Emergency Drought Conservation Regulation that became effective in January 2022.

Drought conditions

As drought conditions continue, Cal Water is prepared to meet customers’ needs by ensuring a reliable water supply in all our service areas; these efforts 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 Conservation Master Plans for each district to implement programs that maximize water savings for all our customers

“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

We encourage customers to do their part by utilizing our industry-leading conservation program to save water every day. These resources include:

  • Rebates on high-efficiency appliances and devices, including our new lawn-to-garden (turf replacement) and spray-to-drip rebates;
  • 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 stated otherwise by local city ordinance
  • 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.

Water Shortage Contingency Plan Stages

  • Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Schedule 14.1)
    • Stage 2 status has been applied for in Antelope Valley, Dixon, King City, Salinas, and Selma, with an expected effective date of June 10
    • Stage 2 in effect for Bakersfield, Bayshore, Bear Gulch, Chico, East Los Angeles, Kern River Valley, Livermore, Los Altos, Marysville, Oroville, Rancho Dominguez, Redwood Valley, Stockton, Visalia, Westlake, and Willows
  • Stage 2 drought presentations