On January 4, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency regulation that prohibits certain wasteful water use practices statewide and encourages Californians to monitor their water use more closely while supporting habits to use water wisely. Read More
On March 28, 2022, Governor Newsom called on local water suppliers to move to Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans. Read More
On May 9, 2022, Valley County Water District approved Resolution 05-22-878 declaring a Stage 2 Water Supply Emergency pursuant to Ordinance 09-19-128.
The following Stage 2 Water Supply Emergency use restrictions and conservation practices are now in place.
- Watering is Restricted to 2 Days/Week
- Even Addresses Water Mon / Thurs
- Odd Addresses Water Tues / Fri
- Water Leaks Must be Repaired Within 72 Hours
- No Watering Between 9am-5pm
- 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
- Use Hoses with Shut-off Nozzles to Wash Cars
- Restaurants Can Serve Water Upon Request
- Don't Choose Daily Laundry Service at Hotels
On June 10, 2022, Owners and managers of commercial industrial and institutional properties are prohibited from irrigating non-functional turf with potable water. This ban was issued by the Governor and will be in place for one year unless modified or readopted. Read more here.
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.