Water district declares end to drought emergency

This week the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) declared an end to our drought emergency. Based on reservoir levels, existing snow pack, and ongoing conservation efforts, the EBMUD Board of Directors voted to:

  • Ease the drought level to Stage 0, indicating normal water supplies. The drought stage had been designated at Stage 4 critical drought since April 2015. 
  • Lift the temporary drought surcharge from customer bills effective July 1, 2016.
  • Suspend the outdoor water use restrictions but fold some of these restrictions into our permanent rules, because EBMUD asks customers to continue using water responsibly rain or shine.

While these actions indicate positive news regarding our drought, it is important that we continue to make water conservation a way of life.

Check out the following link to see great interactive maps and tables about our reservoir and snowpack levels as well as a map showing where your water comes from depending on where you live in the Bay Area. 

http://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/09/21/now-that-summers-over-what-do-californias-reservoirs-look-like-a-real-time-visualization/

For drought and conservation updates from your water district, please visit one of the following links:

Contra Costa Water: http://www.ccwater.com/148/Conservation

EBMUD: https://www.ebmud.com/water-and-drought/drought/

SF Water: http://www.sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=136

Zone 7 Water Agency: http://www.zone7water.com/index.php/conservation-rebates/water-conservation