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Dealing with Drought Conditions

Alpine Lake with low water level

Drought is Here: It's Time to Conserve 

Drought is here and it is time to conserve water now. Only 20 inches of rain fell at Lake Lagunitas during all of 2020; that’s less than half of the average. In fact, 2020 was the second-driest year in 90 years. With warmer months ahead, our reservoirs are at only 56 percent storage capacity. We typically have 89 percent capacity at this time of year.

In response to our low water supply, Marin Water’s board of directors has adopted a resolution declaring initial drought water conservation actions. Conservation is one of our most important tools in preserving our water supply. 

We’re here to help with conservation tips and rebates to save water and money.

Get started today and request a Conservation Assistance Program (CAP) audit of your water usage. A water efficiency expert will schedule a phone consultation with you to come up with an individualized plan to help you save water.

Make sure you have water-efficient fixtures, including a shutoff nozzle on your garden hose, and aerators on your faucets and showerheads. Call 415.945.1523 or email Conservation@MarinWater.org to schedule a CAP appointment, or to have aerators or hose nozzles sent to you free of charge.

Here's How You Can Conserve

The biggest water savings can be found outdoors. We are asking all customers to voluntarily turn off their irrigation systems. If necessary, water only by hand no more than three days a week. To reduce evaporation, water only before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Consider replacing your lawn with drought resistant plants to save even more water. Install a smart irrigation controller that automatically adjusts to weather and landscaping to deliver just the right amount of water. We offer rebates to help.

Simple Changes to your Daily Routine Make a Difference

  • Don’t wash sidewalks, walkways, driveways or other hard surfaced areas. Use a broom instead.
  • Don’t wash your car at home. Take it to a carwash that uses recycled water instead.
  • Check for leaks and fix them as soon as you find them.
  • Replace your older washing machine with a high-efficiency model and apply for a rebate of up to $100.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do laundry and dishes only when you have a full load.
  • Hold off on refilling decorative fountains, swimming pools and hot tubs until drought conditions end. 

Watch for Water Waste

Saving water is a team effort. If you see water waste, please let us know. You can report it using this online form, email Conservation@MarinWater.org or call 415.945.1523.

To learn more about our current water supply, reservoir levels and recent rainfall, visit our Water Watch page. The page is updated daily during the week and measures rainfall at Lake Lagunitas on the Mt. Tam watershed.