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New Site Provides Data on Household Water Shortages

August 21, 2015

As the drought developed, local and state agencies started receiving anecdotal reports of household water shortages; however, there was no means to record or track these reports. In early 2014, the Governor’s Drought Task Force created a “Less than 15 Connections Work Group” (Work Group). This cross-agency Work Group agreed that an easily accessed system was needed to develop a more systematic understanding of which parts of the state had households at risk and to improve cross-agency response and coordination.

With the help of the Work Group, the Department of Water Resources has created a new system that improves and streamlines data collection and reporting for household water shortages for water systems with fewer than 15 household connections. The Household Water Supply Shortage Reporting System’s webpage provides summary tables, a map, and more information about the program.

NASA Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

August 19, 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA — As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly two inches per month in some locations.

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$30 Million in Rebates Available to Help Replace Old Toilets and Turf

August 12, 2015

Two new rebate programs can help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought.

The “turf and toilet” rebate program is financed by the Proposition 1 water bond approved by voters in 2014. The program will help carry out Governor Brown’s April 1 Executive Order on drought to further reduce water use in homes by replacing more than 10 million square-feet of lawn and upgrading more than 60,000 water-wasting toilets.

DWR will oversee the two rebate programs, which provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement. Californians can visit to apply for the rebates.

2015 Agricultural Water Management Plan Guidebook Released

July 24, 2015

The 2015 agricultural water management plan (AWMP) guidebook (PDF: 1.7 MB) has been released by DWR. The guide provides details on new requirements and other information to help agricultural water suppliers prepare their AWMPs. Several workshops on the development of AWMPs are being planned. Once details are finalized, they will be posted on the Water Use Efficiency website.


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