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Sonoma County Water Agency
Bay Area

SCWA uses many tools in response to the drought including a multi-media awareness campaign, reduced reservoir releases and increased use of recycled water. The agency also provides conservation information that is helping the region reduce its water use by 33% over 2013 usage.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Sweetwater Authority
San Diego

Sweetwater Authority’s Drought Response Plan includes customer-level Target Water Allocations that recommend water usage for a property during the designated billing cycle. The district also expanded its outreach efforts and conservation programs and will continue to respond to changing drought conditions.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bay Area

Santa Clara Valley Water District has allocated more than $35 million since 2014 to respond to the drought. More than $10 million is allocated to landscape conversion rebates and other conservation programs. More than $8 million is allocated to supplemental water supplies.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Sacramento Suburban Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Suburban Water District has budgeted an additional $605,000 this year to respond to the drought and bolster conservation through rebates, customer education and Water-Wise House Calls.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Restricted watering times
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recirculating hot water pumps
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Bay Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a multi-lingual public awareness campaign and conducts extensive water waste education and enforcement including direct outreach to top users.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
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Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1
Central Coast

On July 10, 2015, Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 Board of Trustees declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency mandating a 25% water use reduction.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Save Our Water materials
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
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San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, with the retail agencies in its service area, developed a regional water conservation program and website, iEfficient.com, that makes it easy for water customers to find rebates and other information.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
iEfficient Program
Demonstration garden
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
Retail agency rebate assistance (25%)
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Promotes retailer tools
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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San Juan Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

On April 29, the San Juan Water District Board of Directors approved moving to a Stage 4 - Water Crisis. This includes implementing a drought rate which is a 10% increase on the water usage part of the bill.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Increased enforcement budget
Water shortage rates
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Volunteer Drought Committee
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
Updated bills with 2 year history
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
On farm conservation
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
Reduced pressure in specific zones
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Soquel Creek Water District
Central Coast

Soquel Creek Water District re-declared Stage 3 Emergency Water Shortage restrictions, moved to Stage 3 Emergency Water Shortage rates, expanded its rules of water waste, increased enforcement and continues its robust conservation and water demand offset programs.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Water shortage rates
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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South Coast Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

South Coast Water District limits irrigation to 1 day per week and engages customers through robust conservation outreach including rebates and a Water Saver of the Month Award.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 1 day/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Social media/email outreach
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New equipment and / or software
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Santa Margarita Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Santa Margarita Water District's Board of Directors approved a $30 million drought response plan that includes increased use of recycled water, new recycled water facilities and a comprehensive public education campaign about water efficiency.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Door-to-door canvassing/home meetings
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
WaterSmart program tools
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
AMI meters
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San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego

SDCWA budgeted $4.1 million for the two-year budget covering FY14 and FY15 to respond to the drought and bolster conservation through rebates, customer education and water audits.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Rationing / Allocation
Retail agency restrictions
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
On farm conservation
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Solano Irrigation District
Bay Area

In addition to adopting the State Water Resources Control Board regulations, the Solano Irrigation District is preparing its first-ever science-based water balance and water allocation policy. The district also offers turf rebates through its partner agency.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Outreach & Education
Informational water bill inserts
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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