When in Drought

How low can you go to reduce water use this winter?


Rain and snow in December improved water supplies statewide, but they didn’t make up for three dry years. With drought conditions continuing into 2015, it’s time for everyone in the region to take another look at how to “go low.”


There are many ways to save water!

  • Go low by taking shorter showers. Even better, use a bucket to capture water while your shower warms up and use that water on your plants.

  • Go even lower by promptly fixing leaks inside and outside your home. Also remember to wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.

  • Go to the lowest possible level this winter by turning off irrigation systems for as long as possible before rainstorms and up to several weeks after. If you have to water this winter, cut irrigation days and times because days are shorter and cooler.

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The "When in Drought" campaign, which is supported by the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies, calls for our region to work together to save water every day in every way.

Each of the Water Authority’s member agencies has enacted mandatory water-saving measures as part of the regional drought response plan. Countywide per capita water use is more than 20 percent below 2007 levels, but more needs to be done to maintain stored water reserves for the months ahead.

Use the links below to learn more about current water supply conditions, what you can do to help save water, and how our region’s water agencies are enhancing the reliability of our water supplies.

Click here to view Water-Saving Superstar videos and share your story.

Thank you for your efforts to save water!



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Partial funding for the When in Drought campaign was provided by a grant from the state Department of Water Resources. 


This drought message is brought to you by the San Diego County Water Authority and the San Diego region's water agencies.
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