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EBMUD – Drought Updates






NOTICE: California remains in a severe drought and EBMUD has declared a water shortage emergency that prohibits certain uses in the EBMUD service area.

Statewide mandatory limits on outdoor water use went into effect July 28th and will remain in effect until further notice. EBMUD applauds the Governor’s leadership and the state’s action to prohibit outdoor water waste to protect California’s water supplies, and has adopted regulations to implement those restrictions. The restrictions support EBMUD’s February 11th request that customers achieve a 10 percent reduction in water use.

Except where necessary for public health and safety, effective August 12, 2014 and continuing until further notice, EBMUD customers are required to:

  • Limit watering of outdoor landscapes to two times per week and prevent excessive runoff when watering;
  • Use a hose with a shutoff valve when hand-washing motor vehicles;
  • Use a broom or air blower, not water, to clean driveways, sidewalks, patios and other hard surfaces; and
  • Turn off any fountain or decorative water feature that uses potable water unless the water is recirculated.

We know many EBMUD customers are routinely conservation-minded and that some customers may find it hard to meet the goal of voluntarily cutting back water use by 10 percent. We offer a wide range of conservation services at no cost to help customers find ways to reduce their water use. EBMUD promises water use reductions this year will not impact allocations if mandatory rationing becomes necessary in the future. For more information about EBMUD water conservation services please visit

We need your help to save water and to get the message out to others. If we each act, together we can protect our water supply.


Andy Katz                                                                                                                                                           President                                                                                                                                                   EBMUD Board of Directors


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