Drought & Water Efficiency Resource Center
California is experiencing drought following three critically dry years - locally and statewide. Wise investments in local storage at Los Vaqueros Reservoir and our customers' strong conservation ethic are helping us through this drought. Together, we can help our community get through this drought emergency.
What We're Asking
- Reduce your water use by 15% compared to 2020
- Focus reductions on outdoor water use
- Report water waste
CCWD is also considering a drought surcharge to cover the costs from the drought impact – learn more about the proposed temporary drought surcharge.
See resources below to help you reduce your water use! Plus, check out our water saving tips videos and frequently asked questions.
Facing a third consecutive dry year and responding to a new executive order from Gov. Newsom aimed at bolstering statewide water supplies, Contra Costa Water District’s Board of Directors adopted a new Drought Management Program at its April 20 meeting. Read on...
- How does CCWD plan to achieve an overall 15% reduction?
CCWD is working with all customer types to use water wisely and reduce discretionary water use. We are asking for the following reductions in each customer class. Reductions are compared to 2020 water use.
- 15% from single family residential accounts
- 10% from multifamily residential accounts
- 5% from commercial and industrial accounts
- 25% from dedicated irrigation accounts
- 15% from public authority and all other account types
- Why do we have to save water? I thought we had plenty.
- Can I bank water savings from month to month?
No. However, CCWD reads your water meter every two months, so the reduction is averaged over an approximately 60-day period. Every gallon of water you save is a gallon that can remain stored in our Los Vaqueros Reservoir for use by you and other CCWD customers in the future.
- Where can I find my 2020 baseline use?
There are several ways to find your 2020 water use.
- What is the penalty for not reducing my use by 15%?
The CCWD Board of Directors will hold a public hearing 6:30 p.m. June 15 to consider a temporary 15% drought surcharge to cover the costs associated with maintaining a reliable supply of water during this drought. If adopted, the temporary surcharge would apply to water used on or after July 1, 2022. Customers who do not reduce their water use after July 1, 2022, may see their bill increase. Customers who reduced their use by 15% or who use less than 200 gallon per day would not see their bill increase.