Drought

Drought

Overview

California is experiencing drought conditions, and a drought emergency has been declared in 50 of the state’s 58 counties. Governor Newsom has requested that all Californians voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%, compared to 2020.

Golden State Water has developed this drought webpage to keep customers informed of updates and resources to help them navigate this drought event.

Governor Newsom’s Emergency Drought Declarations

On April 21, 2021, Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. 

On May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom expanded the drought emergency to include Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, King, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. 

On July 8, 2021, Governor Newsom further expanded the drought emergency to include Inyo, Marin, Mono, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties and called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15% compared to 2020 levels. 

Drought Map

Map Released: August 19, 2021

View details on US Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.

State Restrictions

  • Avoid watering outdoor landscapes in a way that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walk ways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  • Avoid washing a vehicle with a hose without a shutoff nozzle or other devise that will immediately stop the flow of water when not in use.
  • Avoid using drinking water to wash driveways and sidewalks.
  • Avoid using drinking water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is re-circulated.
  • Customers are not allowed to irrigate turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation.
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request.
  • Hotel and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

Schedule 14.1 Public Notices

How You Can Help

Golden State Water customers did a tremendous job reducing water use during the last drought, and most have continued those water-efficient practices and made conservation a way of life. We must all work together to help protect valuable local and state water supplies.  

Visit our Conservation webpage to learn more about rebates, resources and tips to help customers save water and improve their water-use efficiency. Additional water-saving tips and resources are available through the Save Our Water Program.

Golden State Water will provide additional drought-related updates with customers as developments and conditions warrant. Customers are encouraged to follow @GoldenStateH2O on Twitter and Facebook for real-time information about the drought and local water service. 

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Public Meetings

Golden State Water has filed an Advice Letter with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeking approval to add a Staged Water Shortage Contingency Plan Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) to its tariffs for all customer service areas.

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Staged Conservation and Rationing

Schedule 14.1

In order to achieve mandatory water-use reductions, Golden State Water recently filed Advice Letters with the California Public Utilities Commission to activate Staged Mandatory Water Conservation & Rationing (Schedule 14.1). 

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Report Water Waste

Golden State Water Company appreciates anyone who witnesses water waste in our community to let us know by completing the form below. The following information will only be shared with enforcement officials.

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Allocation Appeal

Customers will have the opportunity to file an appeal if/when their service area reaches Stage 2 of the Staged Mandatory Conservation and Rationing plan (Schedule 14.1).

The Allocation Appeal Application may only be submitted for consideration if your water system has been notified of the activation of Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) plan. To determine if your Customer Service Area has reached Stage 2 or higher, please refer to the list below.