About the Drought

California has had years of very little precipitation before. California has had years of relatively low surface reservoir storage before. What’s unprecedented about this drought is that it combines low surface reservoir storage with very little new precipitation and snow pack and above average temperatures.

-          The extent of the drought emergency varies greatly across the state. In general, water service providers who have multiple local or imported water sources—e.g., surface reservoirs, groundwater, and recycled water—have more options for managing tightening supplies. Water suppliers who have only a single surface water source with no ready access to groundwater face the biggest challenges.

-          The drought not only affects California’s residents, businesses and farms, but also its fish and wildlife. Plants and animals in otherwise thriving ecosystems come under tremendous strain; those in already-stressed ecosystems become even more vulnerable. We’re all in this together—people, fish and wildlife.

-          The drought is an opportunity for all Californians to re-examine their water use and re-commit to greater efforts to use our scarce supplies as wisely and as efficiently as possible.

-          The drought is an opportunity for Californians to make long-term changes in our relationship with water that will have benefits that will last far longer than the current emergency. Water-conserving behaviors in years of relative abundance are what stretch supplies in years of shortage.

Drought News


North American Water Loss Conference

North American Water Loss Conference

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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CalWEP Executive Director, Mary Ann Dickinson, will speak on NRW Skills Certification: Pipe Dream or Reality? and is a Panelist for the Growing Impact of Water Loss Control on Drinking Water Utilities discussion.

The California-Nevada Section, AWWA hosts the 2017 North American Water Loss (NAWL) Conference in cooperation with the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the NAWL 2017 Conference Planning Committee. Discussions will take place over two days on developing water loss policies, auditing your system, reducing apparent losses, controlling leakage, managing pressures, and documenting your progress, both for agencies and for regulators.

Click here for details or to register.


Agencies Support the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act

Agencies Support the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nearly 100 signatories joined the Alliance for Water Efficiency on letters to Congressman Jared Huffman and Senator Diane Feinstein in support of the Water Conservation Tax Parity Act (H.R 448 and S 1464 respectively.)

 
Public utilities in every state offer rebate programs to promote water conservation and storm water management, but the rebates they pay to homeowners are currently seen as taxable income to the recipient. This is in stark contrast to the treatment of similar energy efficiency rebates, which Congress declared non‐taxable in 1992 under Section 136 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Click here to see copies of the letters
Letter to Congressman Huffman
Letter to Senator Feinstein


Irvine Ranch Water District is Recruiting for a Public Affairs Specialist

Irvine Ranch Water District is Recruiting for a Public Affairs Specialist

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Are you experienced in construction outreach and passionate about engaging the community? Are you an excellent writer? Do you love to wrap your head around the details of complex projects and translate them into easy-to-understand outreach materials and presentations? If so, you might be the Public Affairs Specialist that Irvine Ranch Water District is looking for. Focusing on community outreach and engagement, this Public Affairs Specialist will be part of a close-knit team of public affairs representatives, graphic artists, photographers, educators, and social media specialists charged with informing customers and the public about the mission, projects and programs of Orange County's largest water district.

Click here for Full Job Description and Benefits


Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) and the New Normal for California Landscaping

Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) and the New Normal for California Landscaping

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

November 30, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street, San Francisco

Free to the Public.

Training includes an expansive look at the ordinance and explores an array of design strategies that meet the standard. Speakers include two landscape designers, an irrigation specialist, and a compost specialist. 

View the event flier: WELO-Flyer-17-09-08.pdf

Register here to attend on-site.

Register here to attend via webcast. 


Jerry Meral to Keynote CalWEP's Q4 All-Member (Plenary) Meeting

Jerry Meral to Keynote CalWEP's Q4 All-Member (Plenary) Meeting

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Wednesday December 13, 10:00am-3:00pm, Montclair, CA      

Hosted by Chino Basin Water Conservation District
4594 San Bernardino St.
Montclair, CA  91763

 

Dr. Jerry Meral will keynote the Partnership's December all member meeting speaking to members about his proposal for a water bond that includes water conservation funding. Dr. Meral has served as Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources, as Western Water Resources Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and for 20 years as Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League.


Have questions? Email CalWEP admin Michael Walker
Click here to RSVP

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