Over the last three years, California has experienced some of the driest years in recorded state history! In 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared California in a statewide drought emergency, asking local water agencies and citizens to voluntarily reduce water use by 20% to combat deficiencies in supply statewide. Unfortunately, voluntary measures alone proved insufficient in curbing California’s water use. As a result, the State Water Project announced a zero allocation year in 2014 and reservoirs fell to historically low levels statewide.

Since then, the Governor has worked with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to ensure water use reductions statewide. Several provisions were put in place to reduce use by end-users, promote greater responsibility from commercial

 users, and cut back on the amount of ornamental turf present statewide, in addition to providing incentives and a growth in partnerships between water and energy providers to ensure conservation goals are met. Following unprecedented water conservation and plentiful winter rain and snow, on April 7, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought State of Emergency in most of California, while maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or right after rainfall.

For the latest provisions, visit the SWRCB’s Emergency Conservation Portal.    

The governor has directed the public to the consult water education resources like the Save Our Water website, which can provide valuable information on how to use water more wisely.  Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water resources that is utilizing all of its resources to educate Californians about the drought and how they can help conserve water.  We have also provided a few useful water-saving tips that you can implement around your house.