2014 California Drought Information


What EMWD Customers Need to Know About the Drought

Please scroll down to view some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the drought...just click on a question to reveal the answer.

Click on the map to the right for more information on how local water agencies and communities are responding to the drought.

The following links provide additional drought and water-saving information:

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • On January 17, 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought. What exactly does that mean?
  • What water use regulations are we supposed to follow?
  • I keep hearing about regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board...how do those affect EMWD?
  • I heard there would be $500 fines for water waste...is that true?
  • I stay within my water budget already, what more am I supposed to do?
  • Does the drought mean EMWD customers will have mandatory cutbacks?
  • What has EMWD done to minimize the drought impacts?
  • If I spot water waste, what can I do?
  • My HOA will penalize me if my grass isn't properly maintained, so what can I do?
  • How long will this drought last?
  • Is the drought affecting the entire state?
  • I heard on the news that some communities in Northern California may soon run out of water. Is this true?
  • Where does EMWD get its water from?
  • Does this mean I have to drink less tap water?
  • I hear a lot about the snowpack in the Sierras. Why is this important?
  • What can I do to help conserve?
  • Are there other resources where I can learn more on how to conserve?