Drought Response


You may have heard news that portions of Southern California are now limited to one-day-a-week outdoor watering. The good news is that, together with our customers, CVWD has invested in developing and managing a water supply that is diverse and drought resilient, including groundwater storage, local canyon water, and recycled water. These actions have placed CVWD in a better position than some other water agencies throughout Southern California.   

Even though CVWD customers are not limited to one day per week watering, we still need to do our part to conserve and be water efficient. While the CVWD Board has not taken action yet, it is anticipated that customers will be requested to reduce water use by a minimum of 20%. A typical way to achieve 20% conservation is to limit outdoor watering to three days per week, similar to the last major drought our region experienced. Additionally, CVWD is not planning to implement drought rates at this time; however, we will need our customers' help to achieve the necessary water savings. 

As more information comes to CVWD we will be providing specific details on how we will request our customers' assistance to get through the drought together. For our most up-to-date information please continue to check back on our website. We will also be updating our customers through social media, local advertising, and bill inserts, when we have new information.  

Please Follow Water Use Best Practices All Year Round

CVWD encourages water use efficiency year-round by following these best practices:

  • No hosing of paved surfaces such as driveways, streets, and sidewalks
  • Use a shutoff nozzle on all hoses
  • If decorative fountains are in use, they must have a recirculating water system
  • Fix leaks and broken sprinklers immediately
  • Ensure there is no sprinkler overspray or runoff
  • No watering within 48 hours after it rains
  • Restaurants only serve water to customers upon request
  • Hotels offer guests the option of not having linens laundered daily 

Saving water can be simple with the most significant water-saving opportunities on your landscaping. Customers should focus their attention on continuing to use Best Management Practices and by changing outdoor watering habits, including reducing outdoor watering by a few minutes and fixing leaks or misaligned sprinklers immediately.

CVWD has a number of other landscape resources on our Water Efficient Landscaping page. For water use efficiency tips and rebate information, visit our Rebates page.

Water Supply Shortage Contingency Plan
On May 31, 2018, Senate Bill 606 was signed into law requiring all urban water retail suppliers to adopt a Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Plan) that includes new State reduced water usage levels. The District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, in accordance with State law, is included as Chapter 8 in CVWD's Urban Water Management Plan below.

To learn more about our water supply click here

To view the District's most recent water use numbers, visit the State's DRINC Portal here and select Cucamonga Valley Water District in the drop-down menu on the right.