Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Drought Update: Small Communities Need to Conserve, Too!



The Governor just released emergency regulations for water conservation. Urban water suppliers have to conserve from 8-36% to reach the statewide goal of a 25% water reduction, and small water systems (serving fewer than 3,000 connections) must achieve a 25% reduction in water use or limit outdoor irrigation to two days per week. This is a step in the right direction since everyone in the state should do their part to reduce water use, but we’ll continue to see households and whole communities running out of water during droughts until we get better groundwater management in place. In the short term, the state and local counties need to put more serious groundwater management policies in place and ensure residents in small communities have the tools they need to meet these new regulations. More funding is needed to make sure communities have water meters, leak repairs, and other tools to conserve water. Educational materials must be translated into culturally-appropriate languages, and rebates need to be accessible and tailored so that all Californians can access these tools.

Read our statement on the recent Drought Package here.

Read about local drought relief here.

Tune back soon for an updated CWC statement on the most recent water conservation restrictions.


Like us to spread the word

Related News & Resources

Drought Resilient Communities Act, SB 971 (Hertzberg) to strengthen drought planning for small and rural communities

The 2012-2016 drought served as an alarming indicator of California’s warmer future and a preview of a new normal of more frequent and longer droughts. Almost 12,000 Californians ran out...

New CWC Drinking Water Tool to Prepare for the Next Drought

Missed our Feb. 12, 2020 Drinking Water Tool Webinar? Download and watch at home (.mp4;160MB) Here’s a fact: California WILL experience longer, more severe droughts due to climate change. This will...

The California Drought Isn’t Over, It Just Went Underground

By Mark Grossi  Read the Full Story HERE In the wake of 2016's abnormally wet winter, many have begun to think that the drought is over, and that its ramifications...

California Takes Strong Steps Toward Making Water Conservation a Way of Life

For Immediate Release Contacts:Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council,, 310-434-2344Sara Aminzadeh, California Coastkeeper Alliance,, 415-794-8422Cynthia Koehler, WaterNow Alliance,, 415-515-0511 California Takes Strong Steps Toward Making Water Conservation a Way of Life Reduced pressure...

More News