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 Resources section of this web site or contact us for information on the many water conservation programs and resources we offer.
- Conservation Progress Updates
- 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