Water Shortage Contingency Plan
The California Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 11X in 1991, mandating that every urban water supplier providing municipal water directly or indirectly to more than 3,000 customers or supplying more than 3,000 acre feet of water annually develop an Urban Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Contingency Plan). The Contingency Plan needs to be updated at least once every five years.
The major components of the Contingency Plan include:
- Stages of action to be undertaken by the District in response to water supply shortages, including up to a 50 percent reduction in water supply.
- Actions to be undertaken by the District to prepare for, and implement during a catastrophic interruption of water supplies including, but not limited to, a regional power outage, an earthquake, or other disaster.
- Consumption reduction methods in the most restrictive water shortage stages. The District may use any type of consumption reduction methods in its water shortage contingency analysis that would reduce water use, are appropriate for its area, and have the ability to achieve a water use reduction consistent with up to a 50 percent reduction in water supply.
- An analysis of the impacts of each of the actions and conditions described in the Contingency Plan on the revenues and expenditures of the District, and proposed measures to overcome those impacts.
The District adopted its first Water Shortage Contingency Plan on January 21, 1992 and updated the document in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2005. The latest revision in 2014 is more comprehensive, and includes: updated demand projections, financial impact analysis, and suggested rate structure during the demand management stages.
Please click here for a copy of the 2014 Water Shortage Contingency Plan