On November 3, 2021, Padre Dam's Board of Directors declared a Level 1 Drought Preparation Condition as part of the District's Water Shortage Contingency Plan. In level 1, the District encourages customers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by ten percent.
This action is in response to Governor Newsom's drought emergency declaration, issued on October 19, 2021. The San Diego County Water Authority, which provides Padre Dam with 100% of our drinking water supply, declared a level one condition on October 28, 2021.
Northern California and the Colorado River are experiencing severe dry conditions due to low snowpack. Despite these drought conditions, the San Diego region is not projecting water supply shortages because of the significant water reliability investments it has made and a continued strong water-use efficient mentality within the region. San Diego County has prepared for dry periods and currently has sufficient supplies that continue to meet all of our region's needs.
Although the San Diego region has adequate water supplies, the worsening drought conditions around the state are a reminder to all to avoid wasting water and use all water wisely. Padre Dam customers qualify for water savings rebates and incentives for appliances, irrigation and landscaping. Water efficient classes are also available to residential Padre Dam customers are encouraged to reduce their water use by using water wisely and implementing water savings practices. Find out more about these resources here.
Looking toward the future
Padre Dam and the San Diego region are continuously working to further increase water supply reliability, diversity and efficiency. The East County Advanced Water Purification Program is our largest effort towards increasing reliability. This program will provide approximately 30 percent of East County’s water supply by 2025. This Program will enhance the San Diego Region’s water supply reliability and help ensure we can continue to have a sustainable water supply through future droughts.
Current Water Conservation Levels
State of California
Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency for all 58 counties in California on October 19, 2021 and is asking for a 15% reduction in water use compared to 2020.
San Diego County Water Authority
The San Diego County Water Authority Board authorized a Level 1 condition at its Board meeting on October 28, 2021, which calls for voluntary conservation of up to 10% throughout the region.
Padre Dam Municipal Water District
Padre Dam's Board declared a Level 1 Drought Preparation Condition on November 3, 2021, which encourages customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by up to 10%.