The State Water Resources Control Board approved a modified set of emergency drought rules that will require cities and towns to keep saving water through October of this year, at a minimum. This means everyone should continue their efforts to save water. Recent reports show that conservation efforts have slowed down slightly since the height of the hot and dry weather in the summer and fall. Water use restrictions were enacted across California last year as the four year drought worsened and water supplies declined. The State has required water use reductions of 24% in Alhambra, 20% in Azusa, 20% in Monterey Park and 32% in Sierra Madre.
While some parts of the state, especially northern California, are seeing increased precipitation and snow fall, the full impact of the projected El Niño weather pattern has not occurred, and we are only half way through the typically wet months of the year.
The District has many programs in place to help you save water and our newest program, for rain barrel rebates, provides incentives to capture rain water for future use in landscaping, pools and other uses. Please continue to visit our website, and those of our member cities, Alhambra, Monterey Park,Azusa and Sierra Madre for more conservation information.