MNWD adopted new water budget based rates and revised its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in 2015. The district also launched a catchy tongue-in-cheek outreach campaign encouraging customers to conserve water and reduce water waste. The end result is a tool that lets customers choose how to use their water within a budget allocation to avoid policing end use and other prescriptive policy instruments to meet supply constraints.
Mojave Water Agency, a wholesale water agency, budgeted $1 million this year to fund conservation programs. Mojave Water also launched a new large scale cash for grass program targeting grass areas of 20,000 square feet or more and also offers a weather-based irrigation controller rebate program.
To address the drought, Mesa Water launched and continues its Mesa Water Saver customer education campaign and its Water Wise House Call program to reduce water use. Mesa Water also ensures that its operational system experiences low water loss levels system-wide.
MWD of Southern California, serving 5,200 square miles in the Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego regions, this year increased its conservation budget by $350 million and launched a multi-cultural #TakeATurnCA campaign focused on reducing summer water use.
MWDOC is spearheading a county-wide advertising campaign aimed at reducing outdoor water usage by 50%. The campaign includes public service announcements, newspaper advertising, bus wraps, bus shelters and gas-pump toppers. The district also offers an extensive rebate program.
Montecito Water District first declared a water shortage emergency in February 2014 and implemented water use restrictions and an allocation/rationing ordinance with high penalties for overuse.
Marin Municipal Water District introduced new rebates, expanded its programs and increased its public outreach campaigns for 2015. The district also continues to replace leak prone distribution piping.
MID serves irrigation customers whose allocation was reduced by 58% this year. The district implemented four special drought programs including an Allocation Return Program and a Farmer to Farmer Delivery Program. The district also offers a drought information webpage, an online weekly water usage report and remains committed to operating in a very conservative manner.
Madera Irrigation District recently installed SCADA/automation improvements at 21 sites, conserving 9,000 acre-feet on average. MID also reconfigured metering locations for more accurate water deliveries and is promoting public education on the drought through many mediums.