Drought Information

September 2, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 92% of average storage for this date and 67% of capacity. Consumption is down 14% this week vs. this same week last year.

Please be aware of the new water restrictions (listed at right) effective August 19. 

The MMWD Board of Directors' call for 25% voluntary rationing is still in effect. Customers who are already low water users (65 gallons per person per day for residential customers) do not need to reduce further.

Thank you for continuing to conserve.

Prohibited Water Uses
Effective 8/19/14

Under state and district water conservation regulations, the following are prohibited:

  • NEW: Irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m, except for system testing and repair
  • NEW: Using a hose without a shutoff nozzle
  • Allowing irrigation water to runoff or overspray the irrigated area
  • Hosing down sidewalks, driveways, and other hard-surfaced areas
  • Non-recirculating decorative fountains

FREE hose shutoff nozzles are available at MMWD’s Corte Madera office (one per household, please).

Drought Watch Infographic week ending 2014-08-31
August 20, 2014 Update: New Conservation Regulations Now In Effect

In response to the continuing drought, the State Water Resources Control Board announced new emergency regulations in July designed to reduce outdoor water use statewide. To fully comply with the state, on August 19 the MMWD Board of Directors adopted an ordinance amending the water waste section of the district’s code.

Most of the new state regulations mirror water waste restrictions MMWD has had in place for some time. However, two changes may affect you: Irrigating between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. is prohibited, as is using a hose without a shutoff nozzle. We’ve long recommended that our customers follow these water-saving practices; now, these recommendations are requirements. We appreciate your cooperation!

August 4, 2014 Update
MMWD's water production for the period February-June 2014 was 15% lower than production for the same period in 2013. Many thanks are due to district customers for quickly heeding the MMWD Board of Directors' January 21 call for voluntary reductions in water use. The board took that action just days after Governor Jerry Brown requested statewide voluntary reductions in water use.

The MMWD Board of Directors' call for 25% voluntary rationing is still in effect. Customers who are already low water users (65 gallons per person per day for residential customers) do not need to reduce further.