Drought update

EBMUD declares Stage 2 drought

Following a bleak California snow survey and the driest January to March on record, the EBMUD Board of Directors voted to elevate its drought response and has implemented:

  • Mandatory 10 percent water use reduction. We are asking all customers to take necessary actions to meet this District-wide goal.
  • Drought water restrictions. 
    • Limiting outdoor watering to three times per week, before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., with no runoff. No irrigation within 48 hours of rainfall.
    • Prohibiting washing of sidewalks and driveways.
    • Prohibiting irrigation of turf on public street medians.
    • Prohibiting irrigation of non-functional turf on non-residential sites as directed by the State.
    • Prohibiting non-recirculating decorative fountains.
    • Requiring use of hose shut-off nozzle when washing motor vehicles.
    • Requiring restaurants to only provide drinking water upon request, and hotels to offer patrons option of not having towels and linens washed daily.
  • Drought surcharge of 8 percent on water flow charge beginning July 1, 2022 for all customers.
  • Excessive Use Penalty Ordinance. Single family residential customers who exceed the excessive use threshold of 132 units, approximately 1,646 gallons per day, will receive one warning and then will face fines of $2 for every unit (748 gallons) of water used above the threshold.

Do your part

Help EBMUD achieve its mandatory 10% District-wide reduction in water use. If you are already conserving as much as you can, thank you! If you can conserve more, get started with the suggestions below.

Visit WaterSmart center for conservation tips & rebates


Save water outdoors

Ensure your outdoor irrigation is efficient. EBMUD offers rebates and resources to upgrade your irrigation and make your landscape beautiful and resilient. Read more.

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Become a Super Saver indoors

Upgrade indoor fixtures and be water-wise to achieve Super Saver status. EBMUD offers a host of free conservation items. Read more.


Find and fix leaks

Toilets and irrigation leaks are the cause of most high water bills, and they often go undetected. Investigate your high bill to save water and money. Read more.

Water Report Portal

View personalized water use portal

Log in to see your own water consumption history, set up high use alerts, investigate high bills, and explore additional ways to save. Read more.

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Report water waste

Help your community save water by contacting us when you see water being wasted. We will investigate and follow up. Report here.

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For our commercial customers

Learn about regulations, incentives and resources for our commercial, industrial, institutional (CII) customers. Read more.

What EBMUD is doing

EBMUD has invested nearly $1 billion in public rate dollars to diversify and increase water supplies to weather multi-year droughts. Read more.

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Purchase of supplemental water

For two consecutive droughts, EBMUD has had the ability to purchase water from the Sacramento River and deliver it to the East Bay Area through the Freeport Regional Water Facility. Read more.


System improvements to repair leaks

EBMUD works around the clock to reduce leaks and water loss using innovative techniques and 24-hour main break repairs. Report a main break.

Gains through water conservation
A more cost-effective strategy to weather drought is to save water rather than build and operate additional infrastructure. EBMUD stretches our water supply with investments in conservation. Read more.

Long-term plans for future climates

EBMUD has evaluated 2020-2050 projections for water supply and demand and outlined actions to deal with future uncertainties. EBMUD has also created a water shortage plan for multi-year droughts. Read more.

Water Wednesday: Drought Update, 4/27/22

Drought declaration timeline

California declares drought
April 21, 2021 - California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaims a statewide drought emergency. Read more.

EBMUD declares drought
April 27, 2021 - Based on projections that water runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Mokelumne River Watershed will not refill EBMUD reservoirs, which stood at 69 percent full, EBMUD Board of Directors declared a Stage 1 drought. Stage 1 calls for 10 percent customer conservation and executes contracts to purchase emergency water supplies from the Sacramento River. Read more.

Conservation kicks in, supplies come in
Fall 2021 - EBMUD customers reach targeted 10 percent conservation goals. Meanwhile, EBMUD executes a purchase for supplemental water supply from the Sacramento River. From October through March 2022, EBMUD brings 33,000-acre feet of water via the Freeport Regional Water Facility into the EBMUD system.

Winter 2021 - Despite some significant atmospheric rivers, precipitation falls short of expectations. Warm weather causes customers to increase water use, and fall short of conservation goals.

Drought year two
March 28, 2022 - After a largely-dry winter, California Governor Gavin Newsom issues an Executive Order calling for greater drought response. Read more.

April 1, 2022 - The final California snow survey reveals only 35 percent of average snow levels. Read more.

April 26, 2022 - EBMUD Board of Directors declared a Stage 2 Drought and mandated 10 percent water use reduction District-wide as compared to 2020 and review progress towards achieving this goal in November. Read moreLea más.  閱讀更多.

May 10, 2022 - EBMUD approves 8 percent drought surcharge to cover roughly half of the expected drought expenses. Read moreLea más.  閱讀更多.