Valley water supplies remain stable despite drought conditions in California.
Since April, Governor Newsom has declared drought emergencies in more than 50 counties and has signed an executive order calling on Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent. Riverside County is not under emergency orders at this time.
Additionally, for the first time in history, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) announced a water shortage on the Colorado River resulting in mandatory water consumption cuts as stated in the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).
The DCP is an action plan generated in 2019 to address ongoing historic drought conditions and reduce risk of Lakes Powell and Mead declining to critical elevations. USBR expects Lake Mead to hit the elevation threshold of the DCP of 1,090 feet in January 2022 triggering Tier 1 cuts that will affect Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation photo of water intakes at Lake Mead in 2018
Ensuring sustainable supplies
CVWD has taken a leadership role in contingency planning with other western states in the case of ongoing severe drought.
Local water efficiency practices are always a priority for us regardless of state or nationwide water levels. CVWD also actively participates in several long-term water management planning efforts.
Some of the top issues addressed in long-term water management planning include:
- Water demand projections
- 5-year drought risk assessment
- Seismic risk assessment
- Water shortage contingency plans
- Climate change assessments.
How to increase water efficiency at home:
- No irrigation during or within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
- Broken sprinklers must be repaired within 24 hours of notification.
- Eating establishments may only serve drinking water upon request. Order table tents for your restaurant.
- Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily.
- Applying water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, roadways, parking lots, etc. is prohibited.
- Using a hose to wash an automobile, windows, solar panels, and tennis courts, except where the hose is equipped with a shut-off nozzle, is prohibited.
- Applying any water to any hard surface including, but not limited to, driveways, sidewalks, and asphalt is prohibited.
- Homeowners’ associations or community service organizations cannot block, stifle, or threaten homeowners from reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns during a declared drought emergency.
- Irrigation with any water of ornamental turf on public street medians is prohibited.
- No use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.
Here are some key resources to help you save water:
- Read a brochure about how to find and fix leaks
- View a watering guide
- Report water waste
- Apply for a rebate
- Order restaurant table tents to let customers know you are only serving water upon request.
- Drought Response News Release (8/20/21)
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If you’ve taken advantage of all these resources and still need help, give us a call at (760) 398-2651. We’re here to help you conserve.