ABOUT THE DROUGHT

Information to Help You Navigate Drier Times

The Santa Clarita Valley Family of Water Suppliers supports Governor Brown’s drought emergency declaration and is committed to providing our residents and water customers with up to date information, tips, and resources to assist you with your drought reduction goals. Click here to read the Governer's Drought Declaration (Linked PDF).

The Family of Water Suppliers (Family) is calling for continued conservation in response to prolonged drought conditions and encourages everyone to make conservation a California Way of life as requested by the Governor and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

The previous State Water Resources Control Board mandates that prohibited activities such as avoiding irrigation runoff and washing down sidewalks and driveways remain in place and have been made permanent by the SWRCB.  Each retailer has developed the means to incentivize individual customer conservation and will provide resources to assist you with meeting your drought reduction goals.



Mandatory Conservation Measures, Reporting and Enforcement

ALL MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

L.A. County Waterworks District No. 36

The Days per Week and Time of Day Watering Restriction have been lifted.

  • Report water waste
    with phone app
    (download "The Works")
  • Report water waste
    with phone number:
    1-800-675-HELP

Newhall County
Water District

The Days per Week and Time of Day Watering Restriction have been lifted.

  • Water Efficiency Target (WET) Program with weather adjusted outdoor water use calculation to help meet reduction requirement
  • Report water waste using
    an online form
  • Notify NCWD of water waste with phone app

Santa Clarita
Water Division

The Days per Week and Time of Day Watering Restriction have been lifted.

  • Report water waste using
    an online form

Valencia Water
Company

The Days per Week and Time of Day Watering Restriction have been lifted.

  • Personal Drought Reports and Online Drought Tracking Tool
  • Report water waste using
    an online form



The following water waste activities have been permanently prohibited by the State Water Resources Control Board:

  • No washing down sidewalks and driveways

  • No watering outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes excess runoff

  • No washing a motor vehicle with a hose, unless the hose is fitted with a shut off nozzle

  • No operating a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is part of a recirculating system

  • No irrigating turf or ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation

  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request

  • Hotel/motel operators must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily

Water retailers are responsible for compliance and enforcement of the mandatory measures.

Water retailers will apply penalties for violations of the restrictions.

For more information on enforcement measures including penalties and exemptions, please contact your water retailer directly.

What Can You Do?

The average Santa Clarita resident uses 220 gallons of water per day. The average SCV resident uses up to 70% of their water on outdoor use; sadly, as much as 50% of that water is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.

The easiest way to achieve continued conservation is to take a few easy steps to improve your outdoor irrigation water use. Find the right combination that works for your conservation needs.

  • Adjust your sprinklers to water between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. when evaporation rates and winds are the least. This assures that the water that you intend for irrigation is used by the plants.

  • Replace your turf with Santa Clarita-friendly plants. Visit lawnreplacement.clwa.org to get started!

  • Aerate your lawn to reduce runoff of water. Most soils in the Santa Clarita Valley are clay, which means it takes a long time to absorb water. Aeration can be a major help to clay soil

  • Mulch around your shrubs and garden plants. Mulching adds organic material to the soil as the mulch breaks down, and it lessens evaporation
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Blog Roll

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  3. 2015 UWMP 2nd Hearing SCVH2O Administrator 24-May-2016
  4. 2015 UWMP 1st Hearing Update SCVH2O Administrator 05-Apr-2016