Emergency Drought Declaration Is Lifted, Conservation Encouraged As A Way Of Life

Thanks to an abundant snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and record-setting conservation throughout the state, on April 7, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown lifted the emergency drought declaration that has been in place since 2015. 

The State Water Resources Control Board will continue requiring water use reporting by urban water suppliers, including Mesa Water District (Mesa Water), and prohibitions against water waste. Watering still must be done before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. and continues to be prohibited during, or within 48 hours after, rainfall or for washing sidewalks and driveways. 

Mesa Water customers have excelled at reducing water use, specifically turning off the sprinklers and adjusting timer settings, and using a broom instead of a hose on pavement. The City of Costa Mesa has been instrumental in reducing the need for water on street medians by replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping and installing drip and other irrigation for watering trees. 

Customers in Mesa Water’s service area are informed and proactive, continuing to conserve. As warmer weather approaches, Mesa Water encourages residents to adjust sprinkler settings and watering times as needed, according to weather, season, and plant type. 

A recommended watering schedule can be found online at the new and improved MesaWater.org/Save-Water. We appreciate your conservation during the drought and continued dedication to wise water use.