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What You Should Know about Water Supply, the Ongoing Drought and Water Conservation in the San Gabriel Valley Welcome to the District's water conservation and education program. We know you have questions about the drought... and the Valley's water supply... and water conservation... and water prices... and water rationing... and more... We've listened to you and have answers for you in an easy-to-read "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) format. If you have other questions, contact us by email at feedback@sgvmwd.com or call 626-969-7911.

Ensuring a reliable and safe water supply in the San Gabriel Valley is critical to our health, environment and economy. Shouldn’t you know as much about our water resource as you do about other public policy issues such as education, transportation, health care, public safety and energy? If you are asked to make choices and vote locally, at the County level or the State level, on funding or legislation related to water infrastructure, water pricing or water programs, wouldn't you like to "Know Your H2O?"

The Valley's water supply is in better shape than other parts of the state due to smart planning and effective water conservation. Even with a continuing drought emergency and lower than usual water deliveries via the State Water Project, the Valley has water in reserve to meet local needs for the next few years. Smart investments decades ago in water infrastructure - i.e. pipelines, dams, reservoirs, water treatment plants, recycled water and storm water capture - are now paying dividends.

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We remain in a serious drought in the Valley. Precipitation, reservoir levels, snow pack/moisture content and groundwater levels are all lower than desired. Rainfall in late 2014 did not lead to significant improvements in the Sierra snowpack due to warm temperatures and a very dry month of January 2015. Drought conditions remain very severe as a result. It takes a long time to get into a drought and a long time to get out!

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Water conservation is the easiest, most efficient and least expensive means of fighting the drought and preserving our water supply. Every drop of water conserved saves money and energy. Every drop saved remains in our wells and does not need to be imported or recycled. The Valley has achieved 15% water conservation the past few years. However, the Governor is calling for voluntary water conservation of 20%, so we all have work to do!

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