Anaheim Public Utilities actively monitors our water supply situation, working with our regional water supply agencies (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Orange County Water District) regarding overall supply reliability for Anaheim and the region. Learn more about water supply challenges.
DROUGHT UPDATE: State Water Resources Control Board Extends Water Conservation RegulationsAfter more than 5 years of extreme drought, recent weather events have delivered much-needed rain and snow to our watersheds. The abundance of rain and snow has prompted the question toward our current ‘water situation,’ and rightfully so. Is the drought finally over? While many parts of the state have benefited from the recent rain and snow, other areas continue to experience the effects of drought- specifically Southern California. Groundwater supplies, which represent approximately three-quarters of Orange County’s water supply, remain significantly depleted in many areas.
State surface water reservoirs that hold the City’s imported water supplies are close to, if not totally, full; although the Orange County Groundwater Basin is only slowly filling. While surface water reservoirs can fill very quickly, even in a single season, groundwater basins can take years to fill. The Orange County Groundwater Basin is currently at about 23% full, an increase of about 6% over last year at this same time. Our water supply system is still feeling the impacts of the drought. With continued local and regional precipitation, our groundwater resources can be replenished to mitigate the impacts of the drought, but this will take more than one wet year.
On February 8, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board extended its existing water conservation regulations, which were set to expire on February 28th, for an additional 270 days. Wasteful practices such as watering lawns within 48 hours of a measurable rain event, hosing-down of paved surfaces, irrigating for durations which produce excess runoff, use of a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle to wash automobiles, and ornamental fountains which do not recirculate water continue to be prohibited. Drought regulations are to be reconsidered in May 2017 by the State Water Resources Control Board, as our traditional rainy season comes to an end.
Making water conservation a California way of life ensures that our water demands are met in the future- regardless of the conditions of any one year. Let’s do our part to protect our vital water resources.
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For more information about the State’s water conservation standards visit www.waterboards.ca.gov