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The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is dedicated to providing reliable water for the communities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre in a cost-effective manner.

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SERIOUS DROUGHT AND DECLINE IN CONSERVATION LEAD STATE TO APPROVE HEFTY FINES FOR WATER WASTERS

The State Water Resources Control Board has approved fines of up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. The action on Tuesday came after a research report showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown, and that water consumption throughout California had actually risen by 1 percent this past May compared to the same month in previous years.

About 40 percent of all drinking water in the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California is used for landscape irrigation, so residents and businesses can save the most by changing their outdoor watering habits and behavior. Thus, the new state fines will apply only to wasteful outdoor watering, including hosing down hard surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways.

Cities and water districts also will have wide latitude to implement the fines as they wish starting in early August. State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman (and 2013 San Gabriel Valley Water Forum keynote speaker) Felicia Marcus has stated that Californians don't understand how bad the drought is and how bad it could get with many communities in the State at risk of running out of water. Locally in the San Gabriel Valley, the Baldwin Park Key Well, a bellwether groundwater measure is reaching record low levels and many cities have either passed or are considering sizable price increases to curb water use.

Marcus has indicated that If fines don’t work, the Board would consider other steps, such as requiring water districts to stop leaks in their pipes, which account for an estimated 10 percent of water use, stricter landscape restrictions and encouraging water agencies to boost rates for consumers who use more than their share of water. The increased usage noted in the report is attributable to two regions of the state: Southern California coastal communities and the far northeastern slice of the state.

Cities and suburbs use about 20 percent of the state’s water, with about half going outdoors. Agriculture is by far the greatest water user, accounting for 75 percent of consumption in the state. California farmers are also guilty of using too much water according to a separate report by the University of California, Davis, which found that some farmers could see their wells run dry next year unless the state sees a wet winter.

To learn more about water conservation, please visit the District's General Public Education page


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Please save the date of October 2, 2014 for the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Water Forum at the Fairplex in Pomona. The Forum will start at 7:30 and conclude at 1:30. The Water Forum partners are putting together a dynamic program that will keep you up-to-date on the 2014 Drought, the Water Bond, Water Supply in the San Gabriel Valley and Water Conservation. Program details, tickets and on-line registration will be available soon.

SERIOUS DROUGHT CONTINUES!
Introducing our New 2014 Drought Update Website Section

The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District wants to share the whole story about the 2014 Drought with you. We have received numerous questions from stakeholders about the drought, about water supply, about water prices and water rationing, about water conservation and more.

Using, a "Frequently Asked Questions" format, and a theme of "Know Your H2O," we have compiled questions and answers relating to the topics of interest to you.

You may visit the site by clicking on the "2014 Drought Update" tab in the upper left corner of our home page. You can also enter the 2014 Drought Update via the navigation menus on the left.

Please stay informed about the Drought by perusing our website, calling us (626-969-7911) or by emailing us at (feedback@sgvmwd.com) with any questions.

Remember: "Know Your H2O" and Conserve!





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Please save the date of October 2, 2014 for the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Water Forum at the Fairplex in Pomona. The Forum will start at 7:30 and conclude at 1:30. The Water Forum partners are putting together a dynamic program that will keep you up-to-date on the 2014 Drought, the Water Bond, Water Supply in the San Gabriel Valley and Water Conservation.

Program details, tickets and on-line registration will be available soon.

 

 

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July 21, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Hector Becerra
California drought: Record heat gives some cantaloupe crops sunburn
The temperatures were so hot this year in Joe Del Bosque’s cantaloupe fields in the San Joaquin Valley that some of the melons could have used sunscreen.
July 16, 2014
San Gabreal Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Southern California using 8 percent more water than last year
Southern Californians used 8 percent more water in May than last year, a bump related to soaring temperatures and faith in a drought-busting El Niño that made conservation seem less urgent, water experts said Wednesday.
July 19, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Mark Boster
California drought will only get worse, experts say
California is probably headed into a deeper drought this summer, making it harder to escape in the future, an expert says.
July 10, 2014
San Garbriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
El Niño coming to Southern California, but can it take out the drought?
National climatologists are sticking to their prediction that an El Niño is about 80 percent probable in North America during fall and early winter, when the rainy season begins in Southern California, according to a bulletin released Thursday.
July 8, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Jay Famiglietti
How much water does California have left?
Southern California water managers are doing such a great job that you would hardly know we are in the midst of the worst drought since record-keeping began in the late 1800s.
June 27, 2014
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
California drought blankets entire state; El Niño forecast dims
Not too long ago in this season of California’s massive and extended drought, climate experts saw a small glimmer of hope on the horizon: Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter that would bring badly needed rain and relief to a parched state.
June 24, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal intensifies water bond negotiations
Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a drastically cheaper water bond set off a fresh round of negotiations in the Capitol on Wednesday, as lawmakers and stakeholders seek to craft a plan that addresses the state's myriad water needs without a bloated price tag.
June 24, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown pushes for scaled-down, $6-billion water bond
Gov. Jerry Brown told legislative leaders Tuesday that he wants a $6-billion water bond to be put before voters in November — a substantially lower price tag than proposals making their way through the Legislature.
June 22, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
Times Editorial Board
What does drought-stricken California need? A water bond.
Los Angeles has begun a historic drive to decrease its dependence on imported water.
June 20, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
Water war bubbling up between California and Arizona
Once upon a time, California and Arizona went to war over water.
June 19, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
George Skelton
Op-Ed 'Chinatown' in real life: In L.A., you have to follow the water
It's been 40 years since the June 20, 1974, opening of "Chinatown," the fictionalized drama about power, corruption and what is arguably L.A.'s most crucial resource: water.
June 18, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
George Skelton
Brown's tunnel plan looms over effort to pass water bonds
As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there's a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.
June 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Times
Hugo Martin
Drought is a drain on California lake, reservoir tourism
Drought is disrupting a variety of activities that help make up the state's outdoor recreation industry.
June 15, 2014
The Los Angeles Daily News
Paul Rogers
Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to Southern California
On sunny afternoons, this stretch of beach 35 miles north of San Diego offers a classic Southern California backdrop: joggers, palm trees and surfers, flanked by waves rolling in and pelicans soaring overhead.
May 8, 2014
The Los Angeles Daily News
Matt Weiser
Chance of El Niño raises to 78 percent
Drought-weary California, heading into a long, hot summer of water shortages and extreme fire risk, received some potentially good news Thursday: Federal scientists announced there is now a 4-in-5 chance of El Niño conditions developing by the end of the year.
April 30, 2014
The Sacramento Bee
Matt Weiser
Water cutbacks looming for California farmers, water agencies
California water officials are on the verge of making an unusually drastic pronouncement in response to the ongoing drought: Ordering hundreds of water agencies, farmers and other property owners to stop diverting water from rivers in which they have longstanding water rights..
April 25, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Chris Megerian
Gov. Jerry Brown issues new executive order on drought
SACRAMENTO -- With every part of California suffering from the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a new executive order on Friday in an attempt to provide some relief from the persistent dry conditions across the state
April 10, 2014
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Steve Scauzillo
Drought-stricken Southern California could get more water, regulators say
Although recent summer-like temperatures have signaled the California drought is very much still here, Southern California could see a slight increase in water allocations from Northern California by the end of the month, state and federal water regulators said Wednesday.
March 6,, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Tony Barboza
El Niño could return to California next winter, forecasters say
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center activated its alert system Thursday to issue an El Niño watch.
March 4, 2014
KPCC
Deepa Fernandes
5 tips for teaching toddlers water conservation
Driving by Ginny Zywot's Redondo Beach home, you can't help but notice something's missing: the front lawn.
February 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
Severe drought? California has been here before
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades.
February 19, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Anthony York
California leaders propose drought relief funding plan
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders propose a $687.4-million emergency plan to free up water and help affected residents.
February 15, 2014
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Ben Braeder, Whittier Daily news
Hist ory shows California subject to extreme droughts
If you are reading this from anywhere in California, stop, look in the mirror and say, “I’m a champion.”
February 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By The Times editorial board
Politics cloud water debate
Fixing California's water crisis requires finding a way to reallocate supply among the state's three major user groups — and avoiding the political posturing and bickering that have surfaced.
February 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By The Times editorial board
California needs a water measure that works
If lawmakers could send voters a November bond measure that would guarantee 150 inches of winter snow in the Sierra every year, Californians would certainly pass it, even if it cost a few billion dollars.
January 11, 2014
Central Valley Business Times
State Water Project allocation cut to zero
The California Department of Water Resources has cut promised water deliveries from the State Water Project from 5 percent to zero.
January 30, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
California snowpack hits record low
Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday's mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.
January 26, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By The Times editorial board
California's drought, times three
Southern Californians are facing not one drought but three, interconnected yet distinct, each bringing its own hazards and each requiring its own emergency and long-term responses.
January 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
California areas brace for water rationing as reservoir levels fall
Officials of the small Mendocino County town of Willits looked at their two municipal reservoirs last week, did some calculating and realized they had enough water to last only 100 days. It was time to adopt the toughest rationing measures they could.
January 1, 2014
Los Angeles Daily News
By Paul Rogers and Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Despite California’s drought, chances for a water bond are evaporating
Despite record dry weather, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that a multibillion-dollar water bond to pay for dams, conservation and parts of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two huge tunnels through the Delta will be placed on the November ballot.
jANUARY 3, 2014
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
Meager Sierra snowpack is way below average
The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.
jANUARY 1, 2014
Los Angeles Daily News
Drought of 2014 rings in California new year: Editorial
The year that we have now left in the dust had a lot less going for it than some others that come to mind. Less rain, that is. More dust.
December 27, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
L.A. is on track to set
dry-weather record
2013 is shaping up as the driest year since official record keeping started in 1877. But officials say water supplies are in good shape.
December 19, 2013
Association of California Water Agencies
By Matt Williams
Governor Convenes Drought Task Force
Gov. Jerry Brown has directed state officials to begin meeting weekly to assess whether a drought declaration is needed.
December 15, 2013
Los Angeles Daily News
By Bettina Boxall
Southern Californians must get worried about water:
It's safe to say few Californians will make it all the way through the 10,000 pages of the Environmental Impact Report on the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan released last week.
November 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By The Times editorial board
Quenching L.A.'s thirst
Modern Los Angeles was born 100 years ago with the L.A. Aqueduct. What does the next century hold?
October 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
Another dry year could be bad news for California
Water managers Monday urged Californians to step up their conservation efforts, warning that many parts of the state could face water shortages next year if this winter proves to be another dry one.
October 22, 3 13
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo,
Erin Brockovich, others say clean water is worth fighting for
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, water experts and chairperson of a powerful state panel delivered a unified message Thursday: Fighting for clean water may be difficult but it’s worth it.
September 22, 2013
The Sacramento Bee
By Bettina Boxall
tWho will pay for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project?
Hints have been dropped that to keep the water project alive, urban ratepayers in Southern California may pay more than their share, in effect subsidizing San Joaquin Valley agribusiness interests.
September 12, 2013
The Sacramento Bee
By Matt Weiser
State urges steps to prepare for drought in 2014
State water officials are urging residents and local water agencies to begin preparing for the possibility that 2014 could be a third dry year.
August 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Evan Halper
California Gov. Brown struggles to shore up support for water plan
Gov. Jerry Brown's $24-billion plan to end California's long fight over moving water from the north to the south and Central Valley faces stubborn federal opposition that includes some state Democrats
August 5, 2013
Association of California Water Agencies
Submitted by Pamela Martineau
BDCP Project Could Bring $5 Billion in Net Benefits to State, New Report Says
The proposal to build two water conveyance tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and restore 145,000 acres of habitat could bring a net benefit of roughly $5 billion to the state when factoring in job creation and avoidance of water shortages, according to a new draft statewide economic analysis of the project.
July 22, 2013
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles News Group
Is it evil to want a reliable water supply for all of California?: Editorial
Is it Southern California's lot to be cast forever as the villain when it comes to water? Maybe. Probably, in fact. But that doesn't mean it's fair or right.
June 17, 2013
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
UCLA scientists predict Southland will experience a 40 percent drop in snowfall in 30 year
Winter precipitation will more often be rain, rather than snow
May 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
California plan to overhaul water system hub to cost $25 billion
The proposal calls for habitat restoration and two tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southbound pumps.
May 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Bet tina Boxall
Airborne laboratory being used to measure California's snowpack
By taking sophisticated instrument readings of the snow depth and reflected sunlight, researchers hope to improve the accuracy of runoff forecasts.
March 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
Nobody is declaring a state of drought in California, but ...
Surveyors in the Sierra find only half the snowpack that is normal for the date. But it could have been worse, considering the last three months have been the driest January-March period on record.
March 14, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Time
California may start huge water project before knowing if it'll work
One thing stood out in the pile of documents released Thursday detailing state plans to replumb California's water hub: Construction could start on the massive project before water managers know whether it will work as intended.
February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Daily News
By Tracie Cone and Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press Writers
Snow survey confirms driest Jan., Feb. on record in California
High-altitude dust blown thousands of miles across the Pacific from Asian and African deserts can make it rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada, according to new research that suggests tiny particles from afar play a role in California's water supply.
February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
By Bettina Boxall
Sahara Desert dust affects California water supply, study finds
High-altitude dust blown thousands of miles across the Pacific from Asian and African deserts can make it rain and snow in the Sierra Nevada, according to new research that suggests tiny particles from afar play a role in California's water supply.
February 21, 2012
Los Angeles Times
by Neela Banerjee
Drought forecast to persist in much of U.S., especially the West
Much of the West continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions, raising the prospect of another year of wildfires, stunted crops and unnavigable stretches of river in various parts of the country, according to a federal assessment.
February 13, 2012
State Water Contractors
Massive Water Supply Cuts Imposed on California Public Water Agencies
State Announces More than 700,000 Acre Feet of Water Lost Due to Regulatory Restrictions; BDCP Solution Could Have Avoided Cutbacks
December 7, 2012
Central Valley
by Dan Bacher
Senator Wolk introduces bond to address Delta crisis
This new water bond represents a fresh start on funding the state’s water infrastructure, not a rehash of the $11 billion bond currently on the 2014 ballot
November 30, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Disruption of water delivery could devastate L.A. County economy
An earthquake that shuts down water deliveries from Northern California for a year could devastate the Los Angeles County economy, costing $55 billion and wiping out a half-million jobs, according to a new study.
November 24, 2012
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
L.A. County proposes water fee on all parcels to clean up storm water
While rainfall can be a welcome sight in the dry Southland, when water hits the region's concrete and blacktop landscape, it turns into a giant headache for beachgoers and environmentalists: untreated storm water or urban runoff.
November 9, 2012
Los Angelse Times
New storm water runoff rules could cost cities billions
Cities in Los Angeles County face spending billions of dollars to clean up the dirty urban runoff that washes pollution into drains and coastal waters under storm water regulations approved Thursday night by the regional water board.
October 4, 2012 2:44pm
Los Angelse Times
Delta, accustomed to water wars, prepares for battle
Landowners plan their fight against two 35-mile underground tunnels that would carry water from the Sacramento River to the giant pumps that fill southbound aqueducts.
Oct. 3, 2012 2:44pm
The Farm Press
Forecasts mixed as new California water year begins
Models indicate that rain and snowfall will become even less predictable in California, likely with more precipitation falling as rain rather than snow.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
Steve Scauzillo
Whittier Daily News
50 years of recycling water — who knew?
For years experts have known that the state's biggest water challenge is in Northern California, where the rivers of the Sierra Nevada merge into the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
AUGUST 28, 2012
Steve Scauzillo
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Water rates rising, but San Gabriel Valley not the highest
Water rates in the San Gabriel Valley are rising 7 percent a year but residents here still have the second-lowest water bills per household in all of Southern California, local water manager Shane Chapman said Tuesday at a regional water conference.
AUGUST 30, 2012
Jeffrey Kightlinger
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Breaking state's gridlock to a reliable water future
For years experts have known that the state's biggest water challenge is in Northern California, where the rivers of the Sierra Nevada merge into the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
AUGUST 6, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Is this Mojave water project worth the risk?
The search for reliable water supplies for Southern California has been going on for as long as Americans have lived here, and continues today.
JULY 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Jerry Brown's water plan is more than policy
For Gov. Jerry Brown, his updated California water plan — the peripheral pipes — is not just bold policy, it's deeply personal.
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