The CVWD Board Directors voted to move to Phase 4 – Orange Water Conservation Alert, effective June 1, 2022.
These past three “water years” (period between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2021) was the driest period on record in California. Due to record low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and persistent statewide drought, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) limited the amount of available water supply to a 5% allocation for agencies that rely on State Water Project water supplies. Low runoff in the Upper Colorado Basin has led to the first-ever shortage condition on the Colorado River system.
Fortunately, Crescenta Valley Water District (CVWD) has access to both State Water Project and Colorado River water supplies. However, there are some agencies that can only receive State Water Project supplies due to their geographic location. Under Metropolitan Water District’s newly adopted Water Shortage Emergency program, those agencies within the State Water Project “exclusive” area will be required to reduce water demands to levels that match the available water supplies in the State Water Project. Those agencies are working closely with MWD to implement mandatory conservation measures including a 1-day per week outdoor watering requirement.
Because CVWD has access to the following three sources of water supply;
- State Water Project (Northern California)
- Colorado River
- Local Groundwater
our customers will not be required to comply with the Water Shortage Emergency requirements.
However, because our region is still being significantly impacted by drought with no relief in sight, everyone needs to do their part to reduce water use to ensure we have adequate water supplies to get through these unprecedented times. For this reason, CVWD is Going Orange (going from 3 days a week to 2 days a week 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.