The Time is Now – We need your help to STEP UP our water-saving efforts!
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 customer 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.
Despite increases in rain and snowpack levels at the end of 2021, California just endured the driest January, February, and March in recorded history. Normally these are the State’s wettest months. 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 5 minutes or fewer.
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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Statewide and Regional Drought Actions
- May 24, 2022: State Water Resources Control Board adopted new mandatory water restrictions to reduce water demand and improve water conservation, requiring urban water suppliers to implement Level 2 of their water shortage contingency plans, establish water shortage response actions for urban water suppliers that have not submitted water shortage contingency plans, and establishes a ban on the irrigation of nonfunctional turf by commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors utilizing non-recycled water.
- April 2022: The Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors declared a Water Shortage Emergency Condition and adopted a framework for an Emergency Water Conservation Program.
- March 28, 2022: Executive Order issued calling on local water suppliers to activate drought contingency plans. Direction issued to the State Water Resources Control Board to consider a ban on the watering of decorative grass at businesses and institutions.
- March 18, 2022: Department of Water Resources announced a decrease in the State Water Project allocation to 5 percent of requested supplies.
- January 20, 2022: Department of Water Resources announced an increase in the State Water Project allocation to 15 percent of requested supplies.
- January 4, 2022: State Water Resources Control Board approved new conservation regulations aimed at curbing wasteful outdoor water use.
- December 1, 2021: Department of Water Resources announced a zero percent initial State Water Project allocation.
- October 2021: Drought Proclamation extended to all 58 counties in California. Californians urged to conserve water.
- July 2021: Executive Order issued calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels.
IEUA Drought Actions
- May 18, 2022: IEUA’s Board of Directors adopted a drought resolution declaring a Water Shortage Emergency Condition and activated Level 3 of the Agency’s Water Storage Contingency Plan. This plan aligns with pathway two of MWD’s Framework of an Emergency Water Conservation Program and allows agencies to follow volumetric limits instead of the one day a week watering schedule.
- December 8, 2021: IEUA’s Board of Directors adopted a drought resolution recognizing the State and regional drought emergencies and activated IEUA’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan at Level 2.