Regional and State Response Actions

State Actions

The state of California has implemented the following actions:
  • June 2022: State Water Resources Control Board adopts emergency conservation regulations stating that urban water suppliers must implement actions that reflect a water shortage level of up to 20 percent (Level 2) by June 16, 2022, and prohibit potable irrigation of non-functional turf for commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) customers
  • March 2022: Executive Order issued calling on local water suppliers to activate drought contingency plans. Direction issued to the State Water Resources Control Board to consider a ban on the watering of decorative grass at businesses and institutions.
  • October 2021: Drought Proclamation extended to all 58 counties in California. Californians urged to conserve water.
  • July 2021: Executive Order issued calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent compared to 2020 levels.

Metropolitan Water District Actions

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has implemented the following actions:
  • June 2022: Outdoor watering restrictions go into effect for 6 million people in San Bernardino, Ventura, and LA counties. The restriction does not apply to Western.
  • April 2022: Calls to restrict outdoor watering to just one day per week due to rapidly worsening drought conditions (not in Western's area).

How It Started | Lake Oroville - 2017


How It's Going | Lake Oroville - 2021


Western is committed to supporting the conservation efforts in Northern California, promoting state voluntary guidelines and the One Water approach of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This means, Western and its customers will continue to keep up the good work of saving water here in Southern California and stepping up water use efficiency efforts when needed.

To support water conservation, customers can take advantage of Western’s new online store, H2O Depot. By logging in at, Western customers can select from a variety of water-saving devices such as showerheads, hose nozzles, and moisture meters and have them shipped directly to their home at no-cost.