THIS JUST IN … Statewide Water Conservation Drops Below 18 Percent in August​

Water Suppliers Urged to Maintain Conservation Message From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation declined to 17.7 percent in August, down from 27 percent savings in August 2015, raising concerns that some water suppliers are abandoning their focus on conservation as California heads into a possible […]

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Webinar: Managing Drought: Lessons from Australia

A look at Australia’s strategies and programs that cut urban water use in half Australia and California, despite being on opposite sides of the planet, actually have a lot in common.  Australia, like California, is one of only a handful of regions in the world that have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by relatively warm wet winters and hot, dry summers.  […]

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Californians ramp up water conservation to 26.1% in April

State Water Board stresses need to continue water savings as drought persists From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today applauded a high-level of water conservation in April—a 26.1 percent reduction over 2013 usage—but reminded urban water suppliers that they must continue to make water conservation a top priority amidst ongoing drought conditions across […]

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This just in … State Water Board Adopts ‘Stress Test’ Approach to Water Conservation Regulation

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted a statewide water conservation approach that replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach that mandates urban water suppliers act now to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions. Recognizing persistent […]

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This just in … Californians Save 1.19 Million Acre-Feet of Water, Enough to Supply Nearly 6 Million People for a Year

California Achieves 96 Percent of Statewide Conservation Goal,  Narrowly Missing Governor’s Nine Month Mandate From the State Water Resources Control Board: Californians came just shy of meeting Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate for the nine months since mandatory urban conservation began. Statewide cumulative savings from June 2015 to February 2016 totaled 23.9 percent compared with […]

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This just in … Californians Save 1.1 Million Acre-Feet of Water, Urged to Stay Focused on Conservation

Despite Drop in the Cumulative Water Conservation Rate,  Residents Reduce Water Use to Lowest Per Capita Level Ever Recorded From the State Water Resources Control Board: “For the first time since June, California just missed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate in January, as urban water suppliers reported a cumulative savings of 24.8 percent for the […]

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This just in … State Water Board Adopts Extended Emergency Water Conservation Regulation

Extended Regulation Gives More Flexibility to Water Suppliers to Meet Conservation Targets From the State Water Resources Control Board: With California still experiencing severe drought despite recent rains, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today adopted an extended and revised emergency regulation to ensure that urban water conservation continues in 2016. The regulation extends restrictions on urban […]

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Media call: State Water Board officials discuss the draft emergency conservation regulation

Yesterday, the State Water Resources Control Board released the draft emergency conservation regulation for review and public comment. The proposed regulation extends the requirements of the existing regulation but has modest adjustments available to respond to concerns suppliers have raised to the State Water Board since adoption of the first regulation in May of 2015. The proposed regulation is expected […]

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This just in … State’s Conservation Falls Slightly, But Cumulative Water Savings Continue to Meet Governor’s Mandate

Monthly Conservation average decreases for second month in a row; Per Person water use declines statewide with lowest average ever From the State Water Resources Control Board: Californians have reduced water use by 26.3 percent in the six months since emergency conservation regulations took effect in June, continuing to meet Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate despite a decline […]

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This just in … State Water Board releases Proposed Regulatory Framework for Extended Emergency Regulation for Urban Water Conservation

Public comments due January 6 The State Water Resources Control Board has released the draft framework document for the revised urban water conservation regulations.  Your comments are due by January 6. Read the framework here: Proposed Regulatory Framework for Extended Emergency Regulation for Urban Water Conservation More information here: State Water Board Emergency Conservation Regulation Portal Sign up for daily […]

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