CVWD will move from to Stage 4 - Orange Water Conservation Alert to Stage 2 - Green Water Conservation Alert effective April 3, 2023
CVWD customers receive water from local groundwater and imported water purchased from Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) via MWD. Imported water comes from two main sources – the Colorado River and the California State Water Project.
Recent rainfall, which represents among the 10 highest precipitation seasons in recorded history, has significantly replenished local supplies. The Foothills community has not seen this much rain since the 2004/2005 and 1992/1993 rainfall years.
Statewide, the water supply improvements are even more dramatic. Northern Sierra precipitation exceeds the wettest year on record by 25 inches, and snowpack is 30% above average. As a result, imported regional water supplies will be adequate to meet projected demands, and additional water is being stored in regional reservoirs. This includes State Water Project (SWP) supplies, whose allocation was increased on March 24, 2023, to 75% of total water demands.
Though SWP conditions have improved, Southern California’s other primary source of imported water – the Colorado River – is still at least several such rainfalls away from recovering to sustainable. More than two decades of drought and severely dry conditions have caused reservoirs to drop to historic low levels, jeopardizing water supply and power generation that the Southwest region relies on. The Colorado River is no longer insurance against shortages in our other water supplies.
Because of the overall improved situation, CVWD will reduce the Water Conservation Alert from Stage 4 – “Orange”, to Stage 2 – “Green”.
CVWD encourages customers to continue using water wisely, fixing leaks quickly, and reducing outdoor watering.
Water Conservation - Alert Notifications
Notification of the Water Conservation Alert System status is posted at the exterior of the District’s Administration Office (2700 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta) and throughout the District’s service area. This is only a summary or the regulations, detailed information is contained in the water shortage contingency plan (WSCP).
Click the alert signs below for water conservation requirements:
Color Code Blue – STANDARD - is defined as the Normal Water Conservation Alert, Foothill Municipal Water District can meet all Member Agency demands. Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply, as defined in the Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP).
Outdoor Irrigation is allowed any day before 9:00 a.m. and After 5:00 p.m
Color Code Green – INCREASED - is defined as an Increased Voluntary Conservation Alert, some supplies have been impacted. All Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply and customers should increase efforts to conserve by following strict water conservation practices indoors.
Outdoor Irrigation is limited to odd or even days, based on ending number of customer address before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
Color Code Yellow – EXTRAORDINARY - is defined as an Extraordinary Conservation Alert, when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is pulling water from most of its storage programs to meet demands. All Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply and customers should exercise Extraordinary.
Outdoor irrigation will be permitted only on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. for a period of no more than seven (7) minutes per station.
Color Code Orange – ALLOCATING - is defined as an Allocating Conservation Alert, when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has implemented its allocation plan to its Member Agencies. All Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply and Customers are requested to minimize indoor water use and severely limit outdoor water use as follows:
Outdoor Irrigation is limited to no more than two (2) days per week. Outdoor irrigation will be permitted only on Tuesday and Saturday, before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
In Addition, the following items apply:
- The filling, refilling, or adding of water to indoor and outdoor pools, wading pools, or spas is prohibited.
- The use of water to clean, maintain, fill, or refill decorative fountains or similar structures is prohibited.
- Vehicle washing is restricted to the use of a hand-held bucket and quick rinses using a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Fix leaks within 48 hours.
Color Code Red – CRITICAL - is defined as a Critical Water Conservation Alert when water supplies are reduced drastically. All Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply and Customers are requested to significantly minimize indoor water.
Outdoor Irrigation is limited to no more than one (1) day per week, before 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
Color Code Purple – EMERGENCY - is defined as a Critical Water Conservation Alert when water supplies are only available for health and safety needs. All Standard Water Conservation Rules Apply and Customers are requested to drastically minimize indoor water.
All Outdoor Irrigation is limited prohibited, and leaks should be fixed within 24-hours.