Drought Updates & Penalties
State water board asks everyone to conserve more
On May 24, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a new emergency water conservation regulation requiring urban water agencies to move to Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP). Steps outlined in the District's WSCP can be used during drought years to comply with mandatory state water-use restrictions or emergencies.
Drought penalties now in effect
In order to meet state conservation goals, CVWD is asking all customers to limit their outdoor water use by 10%. Starting in August (reflected in your September bill) those who do not meet the conservation target will be assessed a penalty.
Drought Penalty Chart
* 1 ccf is equal to one hundred cubic feet or 748 gallons and is also 1 unit of water.
Level 2 & 3 Mandatory Water Conservation Actions in effect
- Spray irrigation is prohibited during daylight hours. See recommended watering schedule.
- Reduce outdoor budgets by 10%.
- CVWD discourages overseeding. Let your lawn go golden this fall but continue watering plants and trees.
- Water waste patrols will be increased.
- Restaurants can serve water only on request. Order table tents for your restaurant.
- Expand rebate program. CVWD increased its Turf Conversion rebate from $2 to $3. Pre-approval is required. Apply now.
CVWD will prioritize working with customers to quickly resolve violations. After a written warning, customers may be responsible for fines on their bill starting at $50. The goal is to eliminate water waste and save water for future generations.
State Ban on Watering Decorative Grass in effect:
- Irrigation of non-functional turf is prohibited at commercial, industrial and institutional sites including HOAs.
- Non-functional turf means turf that is solely decorative. It does not include areas that are used for recreation or civic community events or turf areas with trees.
- Fines up to $500 per day may be imposed.
Long-term water management plans outline the supplies we have and how we manage them. Some of the top issues addressed in these plans include:
- Water demand projections including city and county masterplans for development.
- 5-year drought risk assessments
- Seismic risk assessment
- Water shortage contingency plans
- Climate change assessments
Water Supply Assessments for new developments
Here is some information on how new developments are approved and who is responsible for approving them. For more information, visit our Water Supply Assessments & Verifications webpage. Or read these Frequently Asked Questions regarding CVWD’s role in land use planning within its service area.
Ensuring sustainable supplies
CVWD has taken a leadership role in contingency planning with other western states in the case of ongoing severe drought.
Local water efficiency practices are always a priority for us regardless of state or nationwide water levels. CVWD also actively participates in several long-term water management planning efforts.