On April 21 and May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom issued drought emergency declarations for 41 counties in California.  On July 8, 2021, Governor Newsom expanded the declaration to include 50 of the 58 counties in California.  We recognize ETWD customers have been good stewards of water and even though Orange County is not part of the drought emergency declaration, we encourage you to participate in the Governor’s request to all Californian’s to voluntary reduce water usage by 15% and to continue to follow ETWD’s Permanent Mandatory Conservation Measures that are in effect 365 days a year.

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom – July 8, 2021 Press Release 

State of California Executive Order N-10-21

ETWD’s Permanent Mandatory Conservation Measures


“Emergency” part of the Drought Declared Over

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17 ending the drought State of Emergency for most of California. The rescinding of this Executive Order provided the El Toro Water District Board of Directors the opportunity to review our statewide and local water supplies and make changes to our current water regulations.

On May 1, 2017 the El Toro Water District Board of Directors made the following changes:

  1. Rescinded the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Declaration that was adopted under Water Conservation and Water Supply Shortage Ordinance No 2015-3.  This includes rescinding the 3-day a week watering schedule.
  2. Increased the Outdoor Drought Factor portion of your Water Budget Based Tiered Conservation Rate Structure from 75% to 100%.
  3. Re-affirmed the suspension of the $2/ccf Administrative Drought Penalty Fee that was imposed on customers exceeding their combined efficient indoor and outdoor water budgets.

Currently ETWD customers are allowed to water any day of the week, but the District encourages customers to sign up for automatic sprinkler notifications through the California Sprinkler Adjustment Notification System (CSANS) website https://csans.net/.  These monthly or weekly emails notifications will alert you to adjust your irrigation schedule using the “Percent Adjust” feature of your irrigation timer.

ETWD’s Permanent Mandatory Conservation Measures are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Click here to view those measures.

Ongoing conservation and permanent changes are important because there is never enough water to waste in California.  The drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be right around the corner.  The El Toro Water District continues to encourage our valued customers to use water efficiently as we move through 2017 and beyond.  Please continue to do your part to embrace conservation as a “California way of life.”



El Toro Water District’s Self-Certification of Supply Reliability for three additional years of drought.  Underlying analysis and supporting documents pursuant to the State of Water Resources Control Board Regulations.

Click here for ETWD’s self-certification documents.

On February 2, 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board extended the mandated drought regulations for Southern Californians through October 2016.  Overall ETWD’s customers are required to reduce water consumption by 24% over the total amount of water used in 2013, the base year.  ETWD and its customers have saved an average of 25.6% or 658 million gallons of water from June 2015 through March 2016.  With the recent statewide snowpack measurements coming in above average, the State Board will reassess the 25% statewide water reduction goal in May/June of 2016.

ETWD Drought Fact Sheet – Updated August 2016

ETWD Level 1 Watering Days Schedule

Water Conservation & Water Supply Shortage Ordinance


California entered a 4th year of severe drought conditions with no relief in sight. On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown ordered statewide mandatory water reductions for the first time in California’s history. Statewide mandatory reductions.  The mandate calls for an average 25% reduction in water use (compared to 2013 levels) throughout the state. On April 18, the State Water Resources Control Board drafted water regulations to implement the mandate. Retail water agencies were asked to reduce demand ranging from 10% to 35%. The State’s final regulations were approved on May 5, 2015. ETWD’s reduction was set at 24% beginning June 1, 2015 through February 2016.

Currently ETWD is in a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage.  The ETWD Board of Directors and staff are developing a plan to reach this new water reduction target and how it will affect its customers. Stay tuned as ETWD will continue to communicate the impacts of the drought to its customers.

New state prohibitions:
• Irrigation of ornamental turf on street medians with potable water supplies.
• Irrigation of new construction with potable water unless drip or micro-spray systems are used.
• Restaurants and bars to offer drinking water only on request
• Hotels and motels to offer patrons the option of not having their towels and linens washed daily.
• Prohibit irrigation during and 48 hours after a measurable rainfall.
• Implement water shortage contingency plan containing mandatory restrictions on the number of days of outdoor irrigation.

ETWD commends its customers for being good water stewards in conserving water, but we all must do more during this exceptional time. This conservation effort will help reduce demand on statewide water supplies that are stretched thin and extend reserves during this historic drought.


In January of 2014, Governor Brown declared a Drought State of Emergency as the State faced water shortfalls and one of the driest years in State history.

Drought State of Emergency.

The El Toro Water District adopted an ordinance in the summer of 2014 declaring a Level 1 water supply shortage. Effective August of 2014, all ETWD customers must comply with limited watering and irrigation schedules based on their city.

In addition to the limited irrigation schedule, the following activities are prohibited:

  1. No direct application of potable (drinking) water to driveways and
  2. No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property,
    walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
  3. Use of a hose to wash a vehicle, unless using a positive shut-off nozzle.
  4. Use of potable water in a non-recirculating fountain/decorative water

Drought conservation measures will continue to be in effect until otherwise noted.  Report water waste.