EMWD is currently in a Stage 3a: Water Waste Reduction
EMWD’s Board of Directors initiated Stage 3a of its Water
Shortage Contingency Plan on November 17, 2021, recognizing the
efforts of the majority of customers who stay within their water
budgets and encouraging customers who are exceeding their water
budgets to “Step It Up” when it comes to reducing their water
The move to Stage 3a was prompted by the rapidly evolving
drought conditions and an emergency drought declaration by The
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) on
November 9, 2021.
MWD urged its member agencies, including EMWD, who rely on State
Water Project (SWP) system water to enact increased conservation
efforts as historic drought conditions have depleted SWP system
reservoirs to record lows. EMWD uses water in Diamond Valley
Lake, which was originally imported from the SWP system by MWD.
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 and Frequently Asked