Water Conservation & Drought Shortage Stages

Drought Update

Currently, there is no relief in sight for California’s drought.  One wet winter is not enough water to correct the long-term impacts of the severe drought. The state is anticipating a third year of dry conditions and have reduced the amount of water the region receives from the State Water Project from 15% to 5% of the normal allocations leading to a significant draw on critical water storage reserves.

ETWD Drought FAQs

ETWD Declares a Level 2 Water Shortage

The State has urged water suppliers to move to a Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans.  In addition, ETWD’s wholesale suppliers have declared a Level 2 Water Shortage.  In response, the District updated its Water Shortage Contingency Plan and declared a Level 2 Water Shortage at the March 24, 2022 Board of Directors meeting. Currently we are asking customers to reduce their water use by 15% and continue to follow ETWD’s Water Conservation Requirements.

ETWD’s Water Conservation Requirements

Water Shortage Stage Percent Shortage
1 1 to 10%
2 11 to 20%
3 21 to 30%
4 31 to 40%
5 41 to 50%
6 over 50%

ETWD Documents:

2022 ETWD Water Shortage Contingency Plan

2022 ETWD Water Shortage Contingency Plan Ordinance

Drought Information:

State of California Drought Action

California Department of Water Resources – Drought Information

View the latest drought information from Metropolitan Water District and how local water agencies are planning for drought conditions, please click here.

U.S. Drought Monitor for California

Supply Information:

California WATER WATCH – Latest weather conditions

California Reservoir Storage Levels

Take Action

We need your help in using water efficiently.  Please reduce your water use as much as possible by following the water wise tips and ETWD’s Permanent Water Conservation Requirements below.

ETWD’s Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Flyer – These requirements are in effect at all times.

Water Wise Tips Flyer

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Scrape food off dishes instead of pre-rinsing before loading into the dishwasher
  • Compost food scraps to avoid using the garbage disposal
  • Wash full loads of laundry and dishes
  • Install a water-saving showerhead
  • Install a high efficiency toilet
  • Use a broom to sweep driveways, patios and sidewalks
  • Replace turf with California Friendly landscaping
  • Install a weather based irrigation controller

Report Water Waste

If you witness water being wasted in your neighborhood, please let ETWD know and we will address the issue. Click here to submit a report.