As California experiences drought conditions, maximizing water-use efficiency efforts will help maintain a reliable, high-quality water supply today, tomorrow and for future generations. In addition to sound planning and securing local water supplies, IEUA is investing in critical infrastructure to improve resiliency while at the same time staying committed to minimizing rate increases and keeping costs low.

While a portion of our region’s water supply depends on imported water, IEUA and its member agencies have focused on developing local partnerships, water efficiency programs, and investments in diversified water supplies to reduce reliance on imported water and guarantee that our region can count on their water supply for essential uses such as drinking, bathing and cleaning, even during prolonged, critically dry and drought conditions.

Step It Up – We need your help to STEP UP our water-saving efforts! 

Despite recent increases in rain and snowpack levels, California is still experiencing moderate to extreme levels of drought. Every gallon of water that is recycled and used at least one more time means one more gallon that can be left in the ground, or one less gallon that would need to be imported through aqueducts from hundreds of miles away.

  • Take your car to the car wash, or if you choose to wash at home, be sure to use a self-closing hose nozzle.

  • Landscape your yard with low water use plants.

  • Keep showers to 10 minutes or less.

  • Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom, rather than a hose.

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets, or replace them with more efficient equipment.

  • Only run washing machines and dish washers when they are completely full.

  • Water only in the early morning before the sun comes up.

  • Use drips or bubblers to irrigate your flower and shrub beds. Replace spray head nozzles with rotator nozzles.

  • While hand watering your yard, focus on dry spots, and pay close attention to avoid runoff.

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Governor’s Actions

  • July 2021: Executive Order issued calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels.
  • October 2021: Drought Proclamation extended to all 58 counties in California. Californians urged to conserve water.
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