Drought Information


Executive Order

With California rainfall is at historic lows resulting in another dry year, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order (N-10-21) on July 8, 2021, calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent from their 2020 levels. The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) will begin tracking and reporting monthly on the State’s progress toward achieving a 15-percent reduction in statewide urban water use as compared to 2020 use.

Assist the District in Meeting the Governor’s Mandate to Reduce Water Use by 15%

The following Stage 1 Water Supply Emergency use restrictions and conservation practices are currently in place.

  • No Watering Between 9am-5pm
  • Watering is Restricted to 3 Days/Week
    • Even Addresses Water Mon / Thurs / Sat
    • Odd Addresses Water Tues / Fri / Sun
  • Wait 48 Hours After Rainfall to Water
  • Don't Let Water Runoff Into the Street or Sidewalk
  • Avoid Washing Down Driveways and Sidewalks
  • Decorative Water Fountains Must Use Re-circulating Systems
  • Repair Indoor and outdoor Water Leaks Quickly
  • Use Hoses with Shut-off Nozzles to Wash Cars
  • Restaurants Can Serve Water Upon Request
  • Don't Choose Daily Laundry Service at Hotels

Water Conservation Ordinance

In response to the continued severe conditions, Valley County Water District adopted Ordinance 09-19-128 (PDF) in May 2015 as a means of providing guidelines for practicing water use efficiency, for reducing the waste of water, and for encouraging water conservation measures to ensure that available water supplies will continue to be reliable and adequate for meeting the demands of the service area.

Recognizing continued - yet less severe - drought conditions, the State Water Resources Control Board developed permanent water conservation standards and required each local water agency to determine a water conservation standard based on their calculated water shortage assuming continued drought conditions. Based on this process, Valley County Water District reduced its mandated water use restrictions and adopted Resolution 09-16-775 (PDF) declaring a Stage 1 Water Supply Emergency pursuant to Chapter 3.03 of Ordinance 09-19-128.

The Valley County Water District Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that all residential and commercial customers are informed and educated about the drought conditions and the appropriate practices for implementing water saving techniques. Therefore, before monetary fines are issues to those who have received notifications of a water conservation violation, District staff will meet with customers to discuss appropriate water use efficiency practices and provide educational material.

Find current drought information, updated weekly.

Baldwin Park Key Well

The Baldwin Park Key Well is one well in an observation network of wells monitored by The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which monitors the use of water within the State of California. Under the observation well network program, ground water levels are routinely measured in 600 wells statewide. One of those wells is located right here in Baldwin Park.

View current information on California’s water reservoir.