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LA Rainfall :
Since July 1: 6.02" (42% of normal)
California Snow Levels:
18% of normal /16% of peak
California Reservoir Levels:
64% of average /46% of capacity
Watering Index: 65%
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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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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 ( with any questions.

Remember: "Know Your H2O" and Conserve!


2014 San Gabriel Valley Water Forum –
October 2, 2014

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.

New Water-Efficient Washer $150 Rebate Program

Starting in January 2014, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is offering a $150 rebate on designated water-efficient washing machines to encourage water conservation. Residents in Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre are all eligible to participate in the program. Residents are required to select a washer from a designated list of water-saving machines, purchase their washer from a store within the District's service area, and submit the rebate application along with a copy of the sales receipt. For more information about the rebate program, please click here or call 855-512-1221.

Governor Declares Drought Emergency in California

On Friday, January 17 the Governor declared what we all knew was coming - a drought emergency was in effect in California. This is the first such declaration since 2009 by Governor Schwarzenegger.

We are experiencing a "triple threat" lack of precipitation in our San Gabriel Mountains which feed local wells and water supplies; over the Sierra Nevada which feed the Owens River, the L.A. Aqueduct, Northern California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and the California Aqueduct; and over the Western U.S. and the Rocky Mountains which feed the Colorado River. The Governor's drought declaration carries with it a request of residents to reduce water use by 20 percent and it directs state agencies to take a range of steps to ease the effects of water shortages on agriculture, communities and fish and wildlife.

California recently concluded its driest year on record and the state's reservoir levels are declining with no sign of relief. Here locally, we've had less than one inch of rain since July 1, when the "water year" starts from a record-keeping standpoint - only 14% of our normal precipitation. In addition to presenting water challenges, fire danger will remain very high as we have had three dry winters in a row now.

To a degree, we are protected by larger regional water storage facilities and a reduction in water demand resulting from effective water conservation efforts. While water managers do not expect to impose rationing in Southern California this year, many communities will grapple with declining water levels in local wells. Some cities may impose tighter water conservation regulations and there will be upward pressure on water prices everywhere.

The fate of the long-proposed "Water Bond" which would go on the ballot in November of this year remains uncertain. The Bond would provide anywhere from $6-11 billion of funding for water-related projects in California. The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District will keep you updated on all of these water issues, challenges and solutions and we will continue to invest in water conservation pilot projects and education programs.




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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
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.
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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