Drought Information

May 20, 2015 Update
On May 19, the MMWD Board of Directors received a report confirming the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board)’s previously announced emergency conservation regulations. MMWD is being asked to reduce water use by 20% compared to 2013.

The State Board is calling for California communities to reduce water use by 8 to 36% for the period June 2015 through February 2016 when compared to 2013 water use. This range of savings (8 to 36%) was determined depending on water use in July-September 2014. The more water saved in 2014, the lower the number for each community. The goal is to reach a statewide savings of 25% for the entire nine-month period.

Within the 8-36% range, MMWD is being asked to reduce water use by 20% compared to 2013 based on our customers’ effective efforts to conserve water in 2014. Fortunately, MMWD customers have already been achieving an average savings of 13.5% monthly. But we need to achieve at least an additional 6.5% to reach our community's target of 20%. Please continue your successful conservation efforts and observe the specific water use prohibitions listed here. If we all do a little more than we are doing now, we believe we can achieve the additional savings requested by the State Board for June 2015 through February 2016. Be sure to visit our conservation page for information about our rebate and conservation programs. Thank you.

April 22, 2015 Update

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) recently announced emergency conservation regulations to implement Governor Brown's Executive Order calling for a statewide 25% reduction in water use. This cutback mirrors MMWD's current request for a reduction of 25% passed by MMWD’s Board of Directors in January 2014 and still in effect.

For the period June 2015 through February 2016, however, the State Board regulations specifically request MMWD to reduce water use by 20% compared to 2013. This lower figure is based on customers’ effective efforts to conserve water in 2014. This new target for June 2015 through February 2016 will be sent to the MMWD Board of Directors for formal adoption at the May 19 board meeting.

In the meantime, MMWD asks all customers to continue their conservation efforts and to note the specific water use prohibitions listed here. Thank you.

More Information
SWRCB Draft Emergency Regulations
SWRCB Fact Sheet: Draft Regulations - Implementing 25% Conservation Standard
 April 9, 2015 Update 
On April 1 Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 calling for statewide mandatory water use reductions. MMWD's board will consider further conservation requirements to comply with the governor's order once the details of the rules have been finalized by the State Water Board in May.
April 8, 2015 Update
In response to regulations issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on March 17, the MMWD Board of Directors has adopted an ordinance amending the district’s water waste prohibitions. MMWD's board took the action at their April 7 meeting to fully comply with the new state regulations designed to address the continuing drought.

Under the new state and district regulations, the following are prohibited:

• Irrigating ornamental landscape areas or turf areas with potable water more than three days in any calendar week
• Irrigating within 48 hours following measurable rainfall

The new regulations join these water waste prohibitions already on the district's books:

• Irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., except for system testing and repair
• Using a hose without a shutoff nozzle
• Allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area
• Hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas
• Using non-recirculating decorative fountains

The new state regulations also require that restaurants serve drinking water only upon request, and that hotels and motels offer guests the option to decline daily laundering of towels and linens and prominently display notice of this option. MMWD has had a similar regulation in place since 2011, so no further board action was needed.
 
More Information
Ordinance No. 428, April 7, 2015
April 1, 2015 Update
In response to California Governor Brown’s executive order issued today for statewide mandatory water use reductions, MMWD will develop and announce water use restrictions that comply with the new state rules as they apply to MMWD once the details of the rules have been released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The MMWD Board of Directors’ January 2014 request for 25% voluntary rationing is still in effect. Thank you for
continuing to conserve.

More Information
Governor's Office News Release
Executive Order
March 18, 2015 Update
To comply with new emergency water conservation regulations set by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on March 17, 2015, the MMWD Board of Directors will be taking action in April. Draft regulations will be released in advance of any board meeting and the final regulations will be announced upon adoption.

More Information
SWRCB News Release
Proposed Regulation

February 1, 2015 Update
Reservoirs Still Above Average Despite Dry January
Thanks to an unusually rainy December, district reservoir levels are still above average, at 97% of capacity, as of the end of January. Average is closer to 81%. January’s minimal rainfall reminds us that the drought is still very much with us. In January 2015 we recorded just 0.07 inches of rain at Lake Lagunitas, which makes it second only to January 2014, with 0.04 inches of rain, for a low rainfall record. Average for the month of January is 10.78 inches. In December we received approximately 24 inches of rain, more than double the December average of 9.61 inches.
 
The MMWD Board of Directors’ January 2014 request to customers to voluntarily conserve water remains in effect. This year’s rainfall pattern is proof that we don’t know from one year to the next how much rain will fall. Fortunately, our water production figures show customers are reducing their water use. MMWD continues to offer rebate programs for a variety of water-saving items as well as other conservation programs. Thank you for continuing to conserve.

December 23, 2014 Update
Reservoirs Reach 100% Capacity on Dec. 22
The nearly constant rain of the last three weeks has contributed 31,345 acre-feet* of water to MMWD's reservoirs, bringing all seven reservoirs to capacity for the first time since January 2013. Rainfall for the period December 1-21 is 23.22 inches, more than double the 9.61-inch average for the entire month of December. The December record of 34.5 inches was set in 1955.

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons

December 5, 2014 Update
MMWD Customers Continue to Reduce Water Use and Other Good News on the Water Front
District customers are continuing to conserve water and have reduced their use significantly in the last two months. For October 2014 MMWD customers reduced their consumption by 18.5% compared with October 2013, surpassing the state average.

Learn more.

December 1, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 94% of average storage for this date and 61% of capacity. Consumption is down 18% this week vs. the same week last year. Rainfall this year to date (July 1 - November 30) is 8 inches. Average rainfall for this time of year is 9.63 inches. Last year, we had received 2.62 inches by the end of November.

We have a new rebate program to help you continue to conserve. Up to $50 each, $250 for all five!

 

  • Pool covers
  • Hot water recirculating systems
  • Organic mulch
  • Laundry-to-landscape system components
  • Rain barrels
Learn more.

November 3, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 95% of average storage for this date and 61% of capacity. Consumption is down 25% for the week ending November 2, 2014 versus the same week last year.

October 1, 2014 Update
The reservoirs are currently at 94% of average storage for this date and 64% of capacity. Consumption is down 14% for the week ending September 28, 2014 versus the same week last year. Thank you for conserving!

We have free drought stickers, fliers, and posters in English and Spanish. You can place an order online here.

 

Reminder: New outdoor water restrictions are in place.

September 2, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 92% of average storage for this date and 67% of capacity. Consumption is down 14% this week vs. this same week last year.

 

Please be aware of the new water restrictions (listed at right) effective August 19. 

The MMWD Board of Directors' call for 25% voluntary rationing is still in effect. Customers who are already low water users (65 gallons per person per day for residential customers) do not need to reduce further.

Thank you for continuing to conserve.

August 20, 2014 Update: New Conservation Regulations Now In Effect
In response to the continuing drought, the State Water Resources Control Board announced new emergency regulations in July designed to reduce outdoor water use statewide. To fully comply with the state, on August 19 the MMWD Board of Directors adopted an ordinance amending the water waste section of the district’s code.

Most of the new state regulations mirror water waste restrictions MMWD has had in place for some time. However, two changes may affect you: Irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. is prohibited, as is using a hose without a shutoff nozzle. We’ve long recommended that our customers follow these water-saving practices; now, these recommendations are requirements. We appreciate your cooperation!

Prohibited (effective 8/19/14):
  1. Irrigating between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., except for system testing and repair
  2. Using a hose without a shutoff nozzle
  3. Allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area
  4. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas
  5. Non-recirculating decorative fountains

August 4, 2014 Update
MMWD's water production for the period February-June 2014 was 15% lower than production for the same period in 2013. Many thanks are due to district customers for quickly heeding the MMWD Board of Directors' January 21 call for voluntary reductions in water use. The board took that action just days after Governor Jerry Brown requested statewide voluntary reductions in water use.

The MMWD Board of Directors' call for 25% voluntary rationing is still in effect. Customers who are already low water users (65 gallons per person per day for residential customers) do not need to reduce further.