Resources for Water Conservation & Drought

On May 9, 2016, the governor issued Executive Order Executive Order B-37-16, establishing long-term water conservation measures that include permanent monthly water use reporting, new urban water use targets, reducing system leaks and eliminating clearly wasteful practices, strengthening urban drought contingency plans and improving agricultural water management and drought plans.

On December 22, 2016, state and federal officials released the final Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Impact Statement for California WaterFix, an effort to modernize the State's water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The California Department of Water Resources officials indicate that WaterFix will secure water supplies for 25 million Californians and prepare for a future marked by rising seas, seismic threats and more extreme weather. The State of California also issued a Drought Update on January 9, 2017 discussing current water supplies, resources, and the WaterFix plan.

In April 2017, the Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Energy Commission released their final report on Executive Order B-37-16, entitled Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. This report provides a statewide framework for using water more wisely, eliminating waterwaste, strengthening local drought resilience, and improving agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.

Permanent Statewide Water Use Restrictions

  • Prohibitions on using a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks.
  • A ban on overwatering landscape that results in runoff.
  • Requiring restaurants to serve water only upon request.
  • A mandate that the hospitality industry offer optional laundering of sheets and towels. 

Rebate & Incentive Programs


Alameda County Water District, the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, and the State of California's Save Our Water Program assist local residents with water conservation efforts and water efficiency upgrade projects.

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​Report Water Waste


You can report water use violations to ACWD by calling (510) 668-4200 or by filling out the online water waste reporting form.

Water Conservation Status


View system-wide usage reductions since 2013 on the graph below, courtesy of the Pacific Institute.

You can also download a presentation from the January 12, 2016 City Council meeting by ACWD General Manager Robert Shaver entitled "Water Supply Reliability: The Drought and Beyond".

System-wide water usage reductions 2013-2017. Courtesy of Pacific Institute

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California Drought


The California Drought website provides drought resources, news archives, and links to additional water resources in the State of California.
Breaking Drought News 
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. The DWR maintains a Breaking Drought News page, including up-to-date, in-depth information on precipitation, snowpack, and reservoir levels.

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CaliforniaDrought.org


 CaliforniaDrought.org is a project of the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit based in Oakland, California dedicated to researching and finding solutions to freshwater issues. The website compiles tools, research, and information on the drought to help California understand, plan for, and find sustainable water management solutions.

U.S. Drought Portal


The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) created the U.S. Drought Portal as an information hub on current drought conditions and drought forecasting throughout the country.
 

U.S. Drought Monitor


The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The California State Drought Monitor shows that as of February 6, 2018, most of California is experiencing either abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions, with 6% of the State experiencing Severe Drought conditions.

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