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LA Rainfall :
Since Oct 1:  4.2 inch /  58% of normal
California Snow Levels:
20 inches / 72% of peak  / 114% of normal
California Reservoir Levels:
58% of average  /  39% of capacity
Watering Index: 12%
 Key Well Elevation Chart
The San Gabriel Valley
Municipal Water District
provides reliable supplemental water for the communities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre in a
cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Service Area Map

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District wishes you and your family a Happy New Year and good fortune, happiness and longevity. On this happy occasion for family and friends, we encourage you to learn more about one of the most important resources for your health and overall well-being - our local water supply. We remain in a serious drought, and restrictions and penalties for excessive water use remain in place. Saving water saves you and your City money!

Water Use Restrictions Extended Until October– Drought Is Not Over!
February 3, 2016

The State Water Resources Control Board approved a modified set of emergency drought rules that will require cities and towns to keep saving water through October of this year, at a minimum. This means everyone should continue their efforts to save water. Recent reports show that conservation efforts have slowed down slightly since the height of the hot and dry weather in the summer and fall. Water use restrictions were enacted across California last year as the four year drought worsened and water supplies declined. The State has required water use reductions of 24% in Alhambra, 20% in Azusa, 20% in Monterey Park and 32% in Sierra Madre.

While some parts of the state, especially northern California, are seeing increased precipitation and snow fall, the full impact of the projected El Niño weather pattern has not occurred, and we are only half way through the typically wet months of the year.

The District has many programs in place to help you save water and our newest program, for rain barrel rebates, provides incentives to capture rain water for future use in landscaping, pools and other uses. Please continue to visit our website, and those of our member cities, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Azusa and Sierra Madre for more conservation information.

SGVMWD Pipeline Provides Water Delivery Support to Help the San Gabriel Valley

The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (SGVMWD) is pleased to report that in the final months of 2015, through capacity available in the Devil Canyon-Azusa Pipeline, a delivery totaling 3,848 acre feet of replenishment water was completed. The delivery, made on behalf of Three Valleys Municipal Water District (TVMWD), included 1,518 acre feet in November and 2,330 acre feet in December. In addition to ground water recharge, the District also delivered a total of 313 acre feet to Covina Irrigating Company’s water treatment plant via our North Azusa Connection, also on behalf of TVMWD. The delivery to Covina Irrigating continues into the New Year and is a historic accomplishment for the District, being the first delivery made to a direct connection since the completion of the Devil Canyon-Azusa Pipeline in the early 1970’s.

As California continues to live with the realities of drought, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District continues to seek ways to better serve its member cities and to partner with other water agencies to supplement water supplies in the San Gabriel Valley.

New Rain Barrel Rebate Program—
Just in Time for El Niño!

Everyone is talking about El Niño. In addition to following our helpful tips on dealing with El Niño the District is debuting a new "Rain Barrel Rebate Program" for our member cities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre. Capturing rain water helps store water for future use (irrigation, pools, etc.), reduces demand for water and reduces water/pollutants in storm drains.

Purchase your rain barrel(s) at any hardware, home and garden or online store. You're eligible for a rebate of up to $100 per rain barrel and up to four rebates per household! Read here for details.


Board of Directors
Elects New President and Officers for 2016 and Approves New Rain Barrel Rebate Program in Time for El Niño

Board Elections

The District’s Board of Directors elected Thomas Wong, Division III-Monterey Park, as its new President at its December 14th board meeting. Director Wong succeeds past President Tom Love, Division IV-Sierra Madre, who was elected Vice President. Completing the elections, John Leung, Division II-Monterey Park & Alhambra, was elected Secretary, and Raul Romero, Division V-Azusa, was elected Treasurer.

Following his election as President, Director Wong praised the District’s stability and professionalism under past President Tom Love’s leadership, and lauded the District’s track record of providing a reliable water supply for nearly six decades to its member city customers. Wong stated, “We’ve been very prudent and responsible in creating a strategic plan and strong foundation for the future. The historic drought is forcing us to be smarter about how we use and re-use water in our communities. The realization of drought as the “new normal” is both a challenge and an opportunity.”

Director Wong added, “I’m looking forward to working with our Board and professional staff on new investments in local water supplies including recycled water, storm water capture, and even greater water conservation. To be successful at building a more sustainable future, we must have strong outreach to, engagement with and buy-in from the community. We’ve still got a ways to go to permanently change behavior to be more water-efficient.”

Thomas Wong was elected to the Board in 2012 to represent the City of Monterey Park. Director Wong previously served as a member and chair of the Monterey Park Environmental Commission, where he led efforts to help families and businesses save money and live healthier. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about local environmental and quality of life issues to spur community and individual action. Thomas received his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and his Master of Public Administration degree from USC.

The Board also announced its January 11, 2016 monthly meeting will be held at Monterey Park City Hall (320 W. Newmark Avenue) as part of an expanded effort to reach out to stakeholders in all four member cities.

Rain Barrel Rebate Program

In preparation for the potentially strong El Niño storm system this winter, the District has published tips for “weathering” the storms and announced a new, rain barrel rebate program whereby residents of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre will be eligible for up to a $100 rebate toward the cost of a rain barrel (limit four rain barrels per household). Details regarding the rebate program will be available shortly and it is expected to launch in January 2016.

You’re Surviving the Drought…Here’s How to Survive El Niño

Water conservation is working! But this fall and winter, El Niño, a weather condition created by warmer than normal ocean temperatures and weather, may create sudden severe storms, high winds, fire danger, power outages, mudslides and flooding. For some tips on how to prepare for the El Niño, click HERE.

  • Develop a Family and Business Emergency Plan
  • Maintain Emergency Contact Information and Supplies
  • Seek Advice from Licensed Contractors and Insurance Firms
  • Trim Trees
  • Install Sand Bags and Mulch for Erosion Control
  • Have Roofing Professionally Inspected and Repaired
  • Clean Rain Gutters
  • Clean Storm Drains
  • Install Rain Barrels
  • Inspect Neighboring Properties for Risks from Trees, Brush and Stormwater Runoff/Mudslides
  • See a Fire, Flood or Rushing Water? Stay Away, Stay Informed and Call for Help!

If you're really into weather and meteorology and want to follow El Niño just like the pros, click HERE to read up on water-related factors which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the California Department of Water Resources will be watching.

You may also learn more about the Drought by reading our Frequently Asked Questions. HERE



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February 10, 2016
Taylor Goldenstein Writer
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to saving water, Southern Californians are tapped out — or are they?
After months of responding to calls to save water, Southern Californians say they've hit a wall.
February 2, 2016
Christine Mai-Duc
Los Angeles Daily News
State water board extends mandatory water conservation measures through October
Despite record January rainfall, above-average snowpack and rising reservoirs, the state water board stuck to its conservation guns Tuesday, extending the existing drought-related emergency regulations — with minor adjustments — for eight more months.
JANUARY 4, 2016
Christine Mai-Duc
Los Angeles Times
Brown defends delta tunnels as he rolls out tweaks to water plan
Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday that if his multibillion-dollar delta tunnels project fails to move forward, it would deal a "body blow" to California's economy and prosperity.
DECEMBER 16, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Gray water and stormwater can help in the drought, but risk needs to be studied, researchers say
As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and research are needed to ensure that the water is safe, researchers said in a report released Wednesday.
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Governor's Press Office
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Bolster State's Drought Response
SACRAMENTO – As California prepares for a fifth year of drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that calls for additional actions to build on the state’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts from this year’s devastating wildfires.
OCTOBER 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Rong-Gong Lin IIn
Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says
An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens and Monte Morin
We can't relax our guard,' state water official warns as conservation effort lags
For the first three years of California's drought, calls for water conservation got little traction.
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens
California's drought consequences are snowballing, so to speak
Conservation numbers for California come out Thursday. Residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months, spurred by severe drought conditions. The savings have proven a big bright side to a tough year.
September 29, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens
Water, 2015, California: The no-good, very bad year -- now, 'pray for rain'
After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
September 12, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
Drought is no reason to ease environmental protections, California voters say
After four parched years, most California voters seem to be taking the drought in stride, saying it has had little to no effect on their daily lives. They oppose sacrificing environmental protections to expand water supplies and generally approve of how Gov. Jerry Brown has handled the crisis, according to a new statewide USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
September 6, 2015
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Peter H. King
Less water might be plenty for California, experts say, and conservation is only the start
Across California this summer, residents have been racking up water conservation numbers that defy expectations — a 27% reduction in June, followed by 31.3% in July.
8/25 2015
Los Angeles Daily News
Sandy Mazza
California climate researchers sound the alarm at symposium: ‘There’s no way out’
A warming atmosphere has already worsened California’s drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns.
July 10, 2015
San Jose Mercury News
Paul Rogers
El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms
As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that's emerging could be one of the strongest on record.
May 19, 2015
Los Angeles Daily News
Paul Rogers
California drought: New poll finds residents think it’s serious, but aren’t sure they can conserve more
An overwhelming majority of Californians believe the state’s drought is extremely serious and support Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory new water conservation rules, according to a new statewide poll.
May 15, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Rong-Gong Lin II
Drought relief, at last? New signs point to strengthening El Niño
Some experts have believed that the first signs of California’s drought easing could emerge thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean near the equator.
May 5, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
Emergency 25% cut in California cities' water use approved
State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.
April 30, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall
Giant tunnels planned for delta 'must move forward,' Brown says
As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.
April 28, 2015
Governor's Press Office
Governor Brown to Help Cities Bolster Water Waste Enforcement, Streamline Environmental Review of Water Projects
Governor Brown, meeting with mayors from across the state, today announced he will propose legislation to help local officials better enforce conservation requirements and will direct state agencies to streamline environmental review of local water supply projects.
April 18, 2015
The Los Angeles Times
Bettina Boxall, Matt Stevens and Monte Morin
State water board issues revised drought regulations for Californians
In response to numerous complaints, state regulators Saturday issued a revised plan for California's first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action as summer looms.
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