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Drought Archive

This page is an archive for Drought Updates from 2014-2017. Please see the main drought page for the most current information.

PARADISE PINES DISTRICT ONLY:

4/26/17

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS RESCINDED MANDATORY CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS while keeping in place prohibitions against wasteful practices. This includes outdoor watering during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall, hosing down a sidewalk instead of using a broom or brush, and overwatering which causes runoff onto sidewalks and into gutters.

2/8/17

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED THE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS THROUGH APRIL 2017 and continues to require Del Oro to implement mandatory conservation, in order to achieve water use reductions.

7/12/16

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED THE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017 and continues to require Del Oro to implement mandatory conservation, in order to achieve water use reductions.

The Good News:
Customers are required to reduce water use by just 8%, instead of the previous 21% requirement.
Drought Surcharges are being eliminated. Customers will no longer receive surcharges when water use exceeds the budgeted amounts

Del Oro is therefore moving from Stage 2 to Stage 1 of Schedule 14.1: Water Shortage Contingency Plan, Stage Mandatory Water Use Reductions, effective with Advice Letter 460Restricted watering days and mandatory prohibitions on certain uses of water remain in effect, as well as fines for violating the prohibitions. For more information, please read the notice which was mailed to all customers with the July 2016 bills.

2/28/16

Good news! Effective March 1, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has accepted Del Oro's request and reduced the Paradise Pines District mandatory conservation budget from 24% to 21%. Paradise Pines District is now required to achieve a 21% reduction in water use as compared to 2013. For more information, please review the SWCRB's UWS conservation tiers.

2/4/16

The State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend the emergency regulation through October 31, 2016.  The updated legislation reduces California's conservation goal from 25% to 20%. Read the SWRCB press release. Del Oro has requested a reduction in the conservation percentage for Paradise Pines District; more information will be provided when we receive the SWRCB's decision.  The change in percentage is expected to become effective after February 13, 2016, which will be Del Oro customers' MARCH bills. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

2/3/16

Congratulations to Paradise Pines customers for your successful conservation efforts so far. Among local water agencies, only Del Oro met the State's conservation goals in December (Read more from the Chico Enterprise Record).

Paradise Pines District 2014 2015 2016 2017
January   24% 40% 23%
February   20% 21% 18%
March   3% 15% 5%
April   11% 27%  
May   41% 47%  
June 15% 53% (#1 among CA
Urban Water Suppliers
)
45%  
July 4% 36% 36%  
August 7% 44% 38%  
September 36% 45% 40%  
October 2% 27% 14%  
November 20% 29% 42%  
December 30% 32% 30%  
AVERAGE 16% 34% 35% 15%
Average Savings June 2015 - September 2016
(State Water Resources Control Board Compliance Period)
36.82%  

The June 2016 SWRCB Supply Self-Certification is available here, as per Sec. 864.5 of the Emergency Regulation


THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS RESCINDED MANDATORY CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS AS OF APRIL 26, 2017 but continues to prohibit wasteful water practices. These include outdoor watering during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall, hosing down sidewalks, and overwatering which cause runoff onto sidewalks and into gutters.

THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS EXTENDED THE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS THROUGH APRIL 2017 and continues to require Del Oro to implement mandatory conservation, in order to achieve water use reductions.

 

The Good News:
Del Oro has been allowed to move from 2-day-a-week watering to 3-day-a-week watering, effective immediately. Also, customers are required to reduce water use by just 8%, down from the previous 25% requirement.

Del Oro is therefore moving from Stage 3 to Stage 2 of RULE 14.1: Water Shortage Contingency Plan, effective with Advice Letter 459. For more information, please read the notice which was mailed to all customers with the July 2016 bills.

 Del Oro thanks every customer who is conserving water for your personal efforts to help ensure we all have enough water these severe drought years. The following are water conservation statistics, by billing month, as compared to water used in the same period in 2013.

2017

   

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Arbuckle (11%) 40% 72% 68%                 58%
Black Butte 7% (3%) 40% 36%                 25%
Buzztail 30% 36% 63% 34%                 42%
California Pines (3%) 31% 24% 31%                 23%
Country Estates 5% 32% 20% 9%                 16%
Ferndale (2%) 25% 3% 5%                 9%
Johnson Park 32%** (57%) 5% 20%                 2%
Lime Saddle (5%) 34% 21% 34%                 23%
Magalia (5%) 18% 11% (12%)                 3%
Metropolitan (22%) 40% 20% 37%                 24%
River Island (18%) 40% 8% 32%                 22%
Stirling Bluffs (17%) 28% 14% (5%)                 7%
Strawberry 65%** 14%** (22%)** (208%)**                 (5%)
Traver 38% 20% 26%                   29%
Tulare 64% 13% 13%                   39%
* Preliminary Figures, subject to revision
**Meter reads were estimated Jan-Mar due to snow. April reads were audited and corrected.

 

2016

District Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Arbuckle (12%) 26% 62% 18% 40% 25% 36% 50% 13% 57% 49% 46% 38%
Black Butte 2% (14%) 41% 49% 48% 62% 32% 27% 5% (28%) 56% 35% 31%
Buzztail 13% 2% 50% 58% 76% 68% 45% 29% 14% 25% 58% 67% 43%
California Pines (35%) 16% 27% 27% 21% 33% 14% 40% 31% (5%) 32% 22% 22%
Country Estates 3% 30% 17% 2% 43% 52% 24% 37% 18% 8% 32% 27% 29%
Ferndale (2%) 14% 2% (5%) (2%) 24% 3% 16% 5% (20%) 29% 3% 7%
Johnson Park 7% 3% (34%) 15% 23% 56% 36% 41% 25% (14%) 31% 22% 26%
Lime Saddle 21% 41% 18% 13% 49% 27% 29% 13% 23% 7% 52% 41% 27%
Magalia 18% 23% 8% (7%) 40% 43% 35% 42% 16% 7% 36% 35% 29%
Metropolitan (15%) 20% 12% 11% 30% 42% 20% 45% 40% 29% 41% 20% 32%
River Island (3%) 15% 8% 40% 32% 44% 17% 23% 10% (2%) 31% (9%) 21%
Stirling Bluffs (14%) 23% 14% 4% 50% 56% 39% 43% 50% 12% 53% 48% 40%
Strawberry 4% 0% (54%) 5% 68% 21% 15% 17% (27%) 15% 48% 8% 16%
Traver 36% (1%) 28% 9% 29% 4% 29% (2%) (5%) 22% (8%) 19% 15%
Tulare 64% 11% 12% 45% 59% 47% 62% 57% 47% 45% 37% 24% 49%
Walnut Ranch 34% 20% 24% 40% 14% 0% 29% (49%) 45% 61% 20% 61% 26%

 

Please note, full 2015 data for the following districts is currently unavailable as Del Oro only recently acquired the districts: Black Butte, Buzztail, Traver.

2015

District Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Arbuckle (7%) 19% 0% 38% 34% 9% 43% 60% (14%) 41% 45% 51% 33%
California Pines (80%) 44% 24% 11% (17%) 46% 23% 40% 10% (8%) 38% 41% 20%
Country Estates (21%) 25% 16% (15%) 10% 62% 39% 46% 36% 20% 50% 44% 34%
Ferndale (22%) 21% (4%) (1%) (21%) 25% 15% 15% 12% (24%) 23% 9% 6%
Johnson Park 19% 16% 3% (27%) 13% 64% 42% 50% 39% (5%) 26% 13% 34%
Lime Saddle (10%) 19% (22%) (24%) 42% 45% 39% 39% 34% 17% 33% 46% 30%
Magalia (19%) 20% (1%) (18%) 33% 50% 37% 50% 40% 6% 4% 34% 28%
Metropolitan 9% 24% 13% 19% 8% 58% 11% 30% 27% 10% 35% 24% 26%
River Island (53%) 10% (29%) 21% 20% 53% 46% 21% 25% 5% 53% 26% 28%
Stirling Bluffs (11%) 37% 3% (47%) 42% 62% 20% 46% 47% 1% 28% 51% 34%
Strawberry (1%) 28% 3% 16% 55% 51% 37% 24% (4%) 16% 46% 4% 27%
Traver           47% 24% 7% (20%) 24% (21%) 28% 16%
Tulare 41% 16% (2%) 13% 63% 51% 54% 59% 35% 62% 65% 49% 47%
Walnut Ranch 1% 5% (11%) 27% 12% 3% 50% (1%) 49% 43% 36% 42% 28%

Please note, 2014 data for the following districts is currently unavailable as Del Oro only recently acquired the districts: Black Butte, Buzztail, Traver.

2014

District May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Arbuckle 22% (17%) (11%) 46% (19%) 33% 13% 44% 14%
California Pines 8% 36% 17% 19% 36% (35%) (2%) 39% 17%
Country Estates (9)% 24% 9% 20% 25% 8% 3% 31% 14%
Ferndale (29)% 9% 5% 8% 12% (1%) (2%) 2% 2%
Johnson Park 5% 22% 9% 23% 23% (6%) 8% 17% 15%
Lime Saddle 37% 14% 3% 11% 28% (5%) 46% 48% 20%
Magalia 18% 27% 11% 32% 27% (16%) 27% 33% 21%
Metropolitan 6% 29% 7% 16% 25% 25% 19% 40% 20%
River Island 9% 31% 5% 12% 14% 4% 6% 17% 13%
Stirling Bluffs 35% 19% 7% 16% 36% (35%) 35% 51% 19%
Strawberry 56% 43% 15% 16% (8)% 26% 26% 28% 26%
Tulare (14%) 13% 31% 27% 12% (4%) 30% (7%) 14%
Walnut Ranch (17%) (1%) 17% (21%) 42% 38% 27% 45% 15%

 

 

8% CONSERVATION REQUIRED
All water suppliers, including Del Oro, are required to implement MANDATORY CONSERVATION to continue the Governor-mandated statewide conservation requirement. Please refer to your district below for further information.
 (This requirement was rescinded for most of California on 4/26/2017. Please click on the link for your district below for more information.)

Effective April 2015, Del Oro has implemented Rule 14.1: Water Shortage Contingency Plan. All Del Oro Water Company customers are asked for their cooperation in conserving water as ordered by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  He has proclaimed (and extended) a State of Emergency and has mandated a continued statewide reduction in water use.  Please click on your district, below, to view the notices which were enclosed with all July 2016 bills describing specific measures customers should take to conserve water. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

 

On April 26, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to rescind the water supply stress test requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers.  The action was in response to Governor Brown’s announcement earlier this month ending the drought state of emergency and transitioning to a permanent framework for making water conservation a California way of life. Current prohibitions against wasteful water use practices and requirements for monthly water use reporting remain in place. The current prohibitions against wasteful water use practices include outdoor watering during or within 48 hours after a rain event; hosing down a sidewalk instead of using a broom or a brush; and overwatering a landscape to where water is running off onto the sidewalk or into the gutter.

All Customers: Effective immediately, Del Oro is implementing Rule 14.1: Voluntary Water Conservation Plan. All Del Oro Water Company customers are asked for their cooperation in voluntarily conserving 20% of their monthly usage as ordered by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on January 17, 2014 following the driest year experienced by the state in over 100 years.  He has proclaimed a State of Emergency and has requested a VOLUNTARY 20% statewide reduction in water use.  This notice was enclosed with all March 2014 bills and describes specific measures customers should take to conserve water. Voluntary conservation measures can also be viewed online. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

In addition, Del Oro is currently updating our Rule 14.1 "Voluntary Water Conservation Plan" and Schedule 14.1 "Drought Procedures for Water Conservation, Rationing, and Service Connection Moratoria" as per CPUC Resolution No. W-4976 of February 28, 2014. A public notice regarding these changes was included with all March bills and is available here. The advice letter can be found on the Water Districts page.

On February 8, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend the emergency regulation through April 30, 2017. This decision was made in response to the Governor's Executive Order B-37-16, titled "Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life", which was issued May 9, 2016. The updated regulation continues to require water conservation by all customers in California, but at a lesser level than the 25% that was previously required. Del Oro is requiring 8% conservation for all customers. Notices were mailed with the July bills, to view them, go to your district-specific information below.

On February 2, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend the emergency regulation through October 31, 2016. This decision was made in response to the Governor's Executive Order B-36-15, which was issued November 13, 2015. Please watch for notices with your February and/or March bills.

May 2, 2014 Update: The Governor has issued an additional drought proclamation. The CA Department of Water Resources has also provided a list of web links for information related to the drought and the resulting implications (such as fishing restrictions in certain areas). In addition, customers are urged to review their property(s) for fire safety and defensible space, as California is of course more prone to wildfires in drought years.

On November 13, 2015, the Governor issued Executive Order B-36-15, which orders that planning be done for both the possibilities of continued drought and increased rainfall as a result of El Nino. The State Water Resources Control Board's Emergency Conservation Regulation website provides information on the current and proposed drought regulations, including the draft drought regulation proposal published January 15, 2016 which would extend drought regulations through October 2016.

Rebates are now available from the State of California for turf replacement and low-flow toilets in single-family residences (homes). For information and to apply, visit www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.

Will El Niño end the drought?  The short answer is, "maybe, but probably not." This 1 page summary, provided by the Western Regional Climate Center and the California Department of Water Resources explains the likely effects of this year's predicted El Niño.

Individual Districts: 

ALL DISTRICTS: As of July 18, 2014, the State Water Board's Emergency Regulations are in effect for all customers Statewide. Read the notice that was mailed with the August 2014 bills: english / espanol.

ALL DISTRICTS EXCEPT PP: Beginning June 1, 2015, the State of California requires Del Oro to implement mandatory conservation, in order to achieve 25% reductions in water use as compared to 2013. Therefore, effective immediaely, Del Oro is implementing Stage 3 of RULE 14.1: Water Shortage Contingency Plan. For more information, please read these notices, which were mailed to all customers with the May 2015 bills.

Strawberry: Tuolumne County is actively encouraging all customers to use 50% less water this year. Information is available on the Tuolumne County website.
May 2, 2014 Update: Tuolumne County has declared a state of emergency and is hosting public forums to share information about the drought and to discuss fire safety measures to reduce wildfire risk with the forests so dry.

Districts with Alternate Watering Days:

Alternate watering days are now in effect for all the Districts listed below. Outside watering (ie. lawns & gardens) is to be done ONLY between the hours of 8 PM and 6 AM.The Alternate Watering Schedule is as follows:

• Customers who’s street address ends in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) are to water on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays only
• Customers who’s street address ends in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) are to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays only
No outside watering is to be done on Sundays.

Country Estates: July 18, 2014: Alternate watering days are now in effect for all of Country Estates District. Notices were mailed with the July 16th bills.

River Island: July 23, 2014: Alternate watering days are now in effect for all of River Island District. Notices were mailed with the July 23rd bills.

Tulare: July 18, 2014 Update: Alternate watering days are now in effect for all of Tulare District. Notices (Grandview Gardens and East Plano) were hand delivered to all residents and businesses, and also mailed with the June 11th and July 16th bills.

Paradise Pines: Status Updates:

12/3/15 Thank you Paradise Pines customers for your successful conservation efforts so far. Del Oro was one of 12 water companies recognized yesterday for exceeding their conservation requirements.

6/25/15 This Drought Update Notice was enclosed with the June 24, 2015 bills.

6/15/15 Good news! As of June 11, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has accepted Del Oro's request and reduced the Paradise Pines District mandatory conservation budget from 28% to 24%. Paradise Pines District is now required to achieve 24% reductions in water use as compared to 2013. For more information, please review the SWCRB's UWS conservation tiers.

6/01/15 APPEALS FOR VARIANCE FROM WATER BUDGET: The Appeals Form is now available. Please read all instructions on the form before submitting it.

5/20/15 Beginning June 1, 2015, the State of California requires Paradise Pines District to implement mandatory conservation and water budgeting, include fines and surcharges for overuse and misuse of water, in order to achieve 28% reductions in water use as compared to 2013. For more information, please read these notices, which were mailed to all Paradise Pines customers on May 8th, 2015 and with the bills on May 27th, 2015.

A Public Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 PM at Pine Ridge School (Gymnasium) in Magalia.

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