This winter has brought record rain and snow, filling reservoirs, increasing snowpack, and replenishing severely overdrafted groundwater basins. However, not knowing what the future holds, the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) has extended the drought emergency regulations at least until May.
Until then, you will continue to see monthly conservation targets on your bills. It may seem silly, given the wet winter we’re having, but given our growing population and history of drought conditions, it makes sense to make conservation a way of life.
That’s the goal of the permanent water-efficiency requirements being developed by the Board — to ensure that we are ready when the next drought comes.
Prohibited uses of water, water waste violations, and irrigation schedules all remain effective. Thank you for your cooperation, and remember that we are always here to help you use water wisely. Visit the conservation section for information on the many water conservation programs and resources we offer.
For more information, see the table of current conservation targets by district.
The latest news
- February 2017 Conservation Progress Update (March 17, 2017)
- January 2017 Conservation Progress Update (February 17, 2017)
- December 2016 Conservation Progress Update (January 18, 2017)
- November 2016 Conservation Progress Update (January 3, 2017)
- October 2016 Conservation Progress Update (December 6, 2016)
- 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.
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