EMWD is currently in a Stage 3a: Water Waste Reduction
EMWD Statement on MWD Drought Actions Update -
April 27, 2022
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) would like to recognize
the courageous and necessary steps taken this week by the Board
of Directors for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern
California (MWD) to implement mandatory conservation measures in
response to rapidly worsening drought conditions throughout
California and the western United States.
This historic step by MWD is targeted toward agencies that are
most heavily dependent on imported water supplies from the State
Water Project (SWP) system. Customers in SWP dependent areas will
be asked to reduce outdoor irrigation to one day per week to
accommodate significant reductions in water deliveries from the
SWP system. This does not apply to EMWD
customers due to EMWD’s access to Colorado River
“EMWD has proactively adopted industry-leading water budgets and
invested in a diverse and sustainable local water supply
portfolio,” said EMWD Board President Phil Paule. “We’ve prepared
for these types of cyclical water supply shortages.”
In November 2021, EMWD moved to Stage 3a of its Water Shortage
Contingency Plan, which asks customers to eliminate water waste
and suspended variances for establishing new landscape and
filling swimming pools.
As water supply conditions or state regulations evolve during the
coming months, EMWD may be forced to ask more of its customers.
However, at this time, we are asking that our customers continue
their longstanding commitment to using water efficiently and
consider more efficient landscape options. By doing so, we can
all fulfill our responsibility in helping California through this
EMWD has a variety of resources, including its Landscapes for Living program, that
can assist customers in becoming more efficient. EMWD also
continues to encourage customers to replace turf with more
sustainable landscaping, which MWD is supporting through
its turf removal rebate
If drought conditions continue to increase in severity,
additional restrictions may be implemented by the State of
What does Stage 3a mean?
- No variances allowed for filling pools, establishing new
landscape (except Landscapes for Living participation), or leaks
not repaired within 48 hours.
- Customers who are exceeding their water budgets are
encouraged to reduce their water use by:
- Cutting down on watering or irrigating lawns, landscapes
or other vegetated areas with sprinklers by one day a week.
Visit https://landscapesforliving.emwd.org/ to
- Repairing all leaks, breaks, or other malfunctions in
plumbing or distribution systems within 48 hours.
- Refraining from filling or re-filling ornamental lakes or
- Refraining 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
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, California Drought
Update Page, Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional
(CII) customers Page and Frequently Asked