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California’s Drought Conditions


EMWD is currently in a Stage 2: Supply Alert

EMWD is asking customers to voluntary reduce their water use in line with Governor Newsom’s request for a 15 percent reduction compared to last year. 

Voluntary reduction of up to 25 percent is encouraged through the on-going enforcement of water use efficiency requirements, EMWD’s water budget-based tiered rates, and penalties for run off. Required customer actions include:

  1. Reduce watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated areas with sprinklers by one day a week. Visit to learn more. 
  2. All leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in the water user’s plumbing or distribution system repaired within seventy-two hours.
  3. Refrain from filling or re-filling of ornamental lakes or ponds.
  4. Refrain from using potable water to wash or clean a vehicle, including but not limited to, any automobile, truck, van, bus, motorcycle, boat or trailer, whether motorized or not.

While California and much of the western United States is experiencing prolonged critically dry and drought conditions, EMWD has proactively prepared for dry periods through investments in a diverse water supply portfolio and other programs to promote water use efficiency.

These investments include the expansion of groundwater desalination facilities, a nationally recognized recycled water program, a new groundwater banking program, and robust water use efficiency programs including our industry-leading allocation-based rate structure.

EMWD has also participated in longstanding regional efforts by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to increase water storage. MWD has greatly increased water storage capacity since 1990 and currently has record amounts of water in storage, including at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet.

EMWD has provided a section on its website filled with tips and a toolbox of ideas for using water wisely. Customers are encouraged to visit and learn more about water saving programs and rebates.

For more information about EMWD’s response, see our Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Frequently Asked Questions.