On January 17, 2014, after experiencing the driest year on record in many areas of California, Governor Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency calling on Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. On March 1, 2014, the Governor signed two pieces emergency legislation:
Senate Bill 103: Amended the state’s 2013-2014 budget to appropriate $687.4 million for drought relief.
Senate Bill 104: Provided state officials with tools to mitigate the impacts of the drought including, authorizing the Director of the Office of Emergency Services to direct funds as needed and for state officials to implement fines.
The State Water Resources Control Board subsequently adopted Emergency Regulations to prohibit the use of drinking water for outdoor landscapes. The CPUC also issued Resolution W-5000 to require all the investor owned water utilities under its jurisdiction to notify their customers of these restrictions on landscape water use.
ORA continues to review water conservation and efficiency programs and plans, water leak history, hydraulic conditions, pipeline material, age, etc. to ensure water pipeline replacement projects reduce system water leaks cost-effectively as part of utilities’ General Rate Cases.
California State Drought Resources
Water Conservation & Efficiency Rebates
The following webpages by water company provide information for each water district on how customers can address the drought. These sites provide information on how customers can sign-up for water conservation rebates and other water saving options.