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LA Rainfall :
Since October 1: .45 inch (41% of normal)
California Snow Levels:
2 inches / 5% of peak
California Reservoir Levels:
58% of average /39% of capacity
Watering Index: 32%
 Key Well Elevation Chart
The San Gabriel Valley
Municipal Water District
provides reliable supplemental water for the communities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre in a
cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Service Area Map

Breaking News - August 13, 2015 - Act Quickly

Rebate Funds Available for Residents
in Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park
and Sierra Madre

California Department of Water Resources
Funding Toilet and Turf Rebates

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced two new statewide rebates to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and remove thirsty turf. The “turf and toilets” program, funded by Proposition 1, will pay out a total of $30 million in rebates – $24 million for turf and $6 million for toilet replacements. The turf program will offer rebates of up to $2 per square foot of turf, up to $2,000 per household. The toilet program will offer a $100 customer rebate per household for replacing an old toilet with a high-efficiency model.  Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Turf Rebates

Consumers are eligible to replace turf that is living or dead (but not bare earth) at the time of the rebate application.  The application process will require measurement of the area to be re-landscaped, a copy of the most current water bill, and 5 pictures of the area to be re-landscaped.  Projects cannot have begun before the approval is received after application.

In addition to the rebate program, DWR has added links to useful resources to guide home owners in planning their re-landscaping projects.  These links are on DWR’s turf webpage at  The links provide guidance on how to remove your turf, as well as planning and implementing your project.

Toilet Rebates

Rebates of up to $100 per household are available to consumers to replace one old toilet (greater than 1.6 gallons per flush) with a new, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less). According to DWR, the programs will help the state meet its conservation mandate by replacing more than 10 million square-feet of lawn and more than 60,000 inefficient toilets.

For more information or to apply for a rebate, please visit

Take the
Water-Saver Pledge
Now, people who live and work in Alhambra, Monterey Park or Sierra Madre can pledge to save water and receive a free lawn sign (pictured left) to encourage friends and neighbors to join the water-saving effort. Select your city to get started.
California Getting Serious about Drought and Water Conservation!
Mandatory Water Use Restriction of 25% Required

As it did in early 2014, the State has again taken strong actions to combat our severe, 4-year long drought. First, on March 17, the State Water Resources Control Board expanded water conservation regulations. Shortly thereafter, legislation leading to $1 billion of funding for Emergency Drought Legislation was approved by the Legislature and Governor. Third, on April 1st, the Governor issued an Executive Order which, among a variety of water supply and conservation actions, requires cities and towns to reduce water use by 25%. Part of the reason is ongoing dry weather conditions, and part of the reason is that the State and its residents and businesses have only attained an 11% cut in water use while the State had called for 20% voluntary water use reductions.

As the winter season comes to an end, California is experiencing historically low snowpack (5% of normal), the driest January in history, continued above average temperatures and tenuous reservoir supplies. Recently, Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, predicted that California “has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs.” Locally in the San Gabriel Valley, year-to-date precipitation levels are at only 54% of normal and the Baldwin Park Key Well, a relied-upon indicator of local groundwater levels, was at its lowest point in more than a decade.

More and more Californians understand the need for action. A Field Poll released on February 26 shows that “94% of residents believe the drought is serious.” With that as background, here is a summary of action this week.

Drought Update – Winter 2015

As we are just past the mid-point of the winter season, the District has updated the "Drought Update/Frequently Asked Questions" section of our website HERE. The section includes valuable information about the Valley's water supply, the ongoing, severe drought and water conservation. There are answers to several dozen questions and links to important resources as well. The San Gabriel Valley is now entering the fourth year of this very severe drought. Here's a quick status as it relates to our member cities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre:

  • the State's Drought Emergency and voluntary requirement to reduce water usage by 20% remains in effect
  • each City has its own unique water policies and procedures (consult your city water department for details)
  • above average rainfall in December; very low rainfall before and after December
  • temperatures remain warmer than normal
  • the snowpack on which we rely for year-long groundwater replenishment is just 12% of normal as of March 19th
  • reservoir levels are at about 60% of average and 40% of capacity, improving recently due to heavy rain in northern California
  • imported water deliveries from the State Water Project, which we use to replenish local groundwater, have been reduced to 20% of normal (as of February 2015)
  • wells in the San Gabriel Basin are at relatively low levels (click to view Baldwin Park Key Well for example), but due to sound water management policies and water conservation, the Valley's water supply should be sufficient for another year or two even if the drought continues.

This means we all need to remain very smart about our water usage. While we've made impressive water savings throughout the Valley, we can do more. Please review our updated "Drought Update" and use these winter and spring months to continue your good habits and to prepare for the upcoming warm summer months.

You will see lots of news coverage about the drought in upcoming months. Please remember, depending on what newspapers you read or TV/radio stations you listen to, you may obtain water-related information about the San Gabriel Valley, or their may be stories about California, Los Angeles or the Southern California region overall. If you have any question about whether information related to water supply, water rationing, water prices, water ordinances and water conservation relate to you or your city, or for more information, please contact your City water department, visit our website: or call 626-969-7911.


Introducing our New 2015 Drought Update Website Section

The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District wants to share the whole story about the 2015 Drought with you. We have received numerous questions from stakeholders about the drought, about water supply, about water prices and water rationing, about water conservation and more.

Using, a "Frequently Asked Questions" format, and a theme of "Know Your H2O," we have compiled questions and answers relating to the topics of interest to you.

You may visit the site by clicking on the "2015 Drought Update" tab in the upper left corner of our home page. You can also enter the 2015 Drought Update via the navigation menus on the left.

Please stay informed about the Drought by perusing our website, calling us (626-969-7911) or by emailing us at ( with any questions.

Remember: "Know Your H2O" and Conserve!

High Efficiency Toilet Program
Trade your old
toilet for a new
High Efficiency

For dates, locations and event details please go HERE.
Virtual Educational Water Tour
General Public Education
Water Conservation Pilot Projects
Grant-Funded Water Supply and Quality Projects

NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Governor's Press Office
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State's Drought Response
SACRAMENTO – As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.
OCTOBER 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Rong-Gong Lin IIn
Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says
An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens and Monte Morin
We can't relax our guard,' state water official warns as conservation effort lags
For the first three years of California's drought, calls for water conservation got little traction.
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens
California's drought consequences are snowballing, so to speak
Conservation numbers for California come out Thursday. Residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months, spurred by severe drought conditions. The savings have proven a big bright side to a tough year.
September 29, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens
Water, 2015, California: The no-good, very bad year -- now, 'pray for rain'
After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
September 12, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
Drought is no reason to ease environmental protections, California voters say
After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
September 6, 2015
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Peter H. King
Less water might be plenty for California, experts say, and conservation is only the start
Across California this summer, residents have been racking up water conservation numbers that defy expectations — a 27% reduction in June, followed by 31.3% in July.
8/25 2015
Los Angeles Daily News
Sandy Mazza
California climate researchers sound the alarm at symposium: ‘There’s no way out’
A warming atmosphere has already worsened California’s drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns.
July 10, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
Paul Rogers
El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms
As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that's emerging could be one of the strongest on record.
May 19, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News
Paul Rogers
California drought: New poll finds residents think it’s serious, but aren’t sure they can conserve more
An overwhelming majority of Californians believe the state’s drought is extremely serious and support Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory new water conservation rules, according to a new statewide poll.
May 15, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Rong-Gong Lin II
Drought relief, at last? New signs point to strengthening El Niño
Some experts have believed that the first signs of California’s drought easing could emerge thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
May 5, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
Emergency 25% cut in California cities' water use approved
State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.
April 30, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
Giant tunnels planned for delta 'must move forward,' Brown says
As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.
April 28, 2015
Governor's Press Office
Governor Brown to Help Cities Bolster Water Waste Enforcement, Streamline Environmental Review of Water Projects
Governor Brown, meeting with mayors from across the state, today announced he will propose legislation to help local officials better enforce conservation requirements and will direct state agencies to streamline environmental review of local water supply projects.
April 18, 2015
The Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall, Matt Stevens and Monte Morin
State water board issues revised drought regulations for Californians
In response to numerous complaints, state regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for California's first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.
April 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Allen J. Schaben
Cities strategize water-saving measures
Cities across California are scrambling to figure out how they will meet Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate to cut water use by 25% over the next year.
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