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Drought Regulations & Requirements

On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown issued a new Executive Order (B-37-16) extending certain drought activities until the end of January 2017 and ordered the State Water Resource Control Board (Water Board) to adopt new regulations affecting local water agencies. On May 18, 2016, the Water Board adopted those new regulations and these affect the Elk Grove Water District.

On May 25, 2016, the Board of Directors for the Florin Resource Conservation District, which oversees the Elk Grove Water District, amended and implemented the District's Water Shortage Contingency Plan to comply with the new Water Board regulations. At this time, the District's water use stage has been returned to Normal.


Current Water Use Stage - Normal Water Supply

At the Normal stage, there are no restrictions with the use of water. However, you are encouraged to water no more than three days per week and not to water between the hours of 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. You are also encouraged to repair any leaks as quickly as possible and restaurants are still requested to only serve water upon request. At this Normal stage, you are prohibited from wasting water. These prohibitions are specifically listed on the attached Normal Supply Stage of the District's Water Shortage Contingency Plan. Please take note that there are penalties in effect for these prohibitions and that these are also listed.


Irrigation Restrictions after Rainfall

The emergency drought regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board in May 2015 specifically prohibits "The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall." The Elk Grove Water District refers to the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) in determining when measurable rainfall has occurred in our District. EGWD defines measurable rainfall as 1/10 of an inch (.10).

A link to this website is below:

DWR CDEC: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryDaily


Turf Conversion

Ready to convert your lawn to a drought-friendly design? The following documents can help:



Caring for Trees in a Drought

Considering their value, and the time needed to grow to maturity, ensuring the survival of shade trees should be a top priority for landscape professionals. According to local certified arborists, a typical large tree in the Sacramento valley has a replacement value ranging from several to tens of thousands of dollars. During times of drought, landscape retention decisions should be made based on value, risk assessment, and the cost and ease of replacing assets of equivalent size. Click here for more information. (Available in spanish here.)


What Does 20% Reduction in Water Use Look Like?

The average Sacramento-area resident uses 141 gallons of water per day and most of their water outdoors. Click here for some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use. Find the right combination for you to reduce by 20% or 28 gallons a day.


Video Resources for Water Efficiency

The Regional Water Authority and the California Urban Water Conservation Council have released some great videos to help you learn more about improving water efficiency both indoors and outdoors.


Conservation Links

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EGWD's Helpful Conservation Links