Drought Information

February 1, 2015 Update
Reservoirs Still Above Average Despite Dry January
Thanks to an unusually rainy December, district reservoir levels are still above average, at 97% of capacity, as of the end of January. Average is closer to 81%. January’s minimal rainfall reminds us that the drought is still very much with us. In January 2015 we recorded just 0.07 inches of rain at Lake Lagunitas, which makes it second only to January 2014, with 0.04 inches of rain, for a low rainfall record. Average for the month of January is 10.78 inches. In December we received approximately 24 inches of rain, more than double the December average of 9.61 inches.
 
The MMWD Board of Directors’ January 2014 request to customers to voluntarily conserve water remains in effect. This year’s rainfall pattern is proof that we don’t know from one year to the next how much rain will fall. Fortunately, our water production figures show customers are reducing their water use. MMWD continues to offer rebate programs for a variety of water-saving items as well as other conservation programs. Thank you for continuing to conserve.

Prohibited Water Uses
Effective 8/19/14
* Irrigating between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., except for system testing and repair
* 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
* Use of non-recirculating decorative fountains

December 23, 2014 Update
Reservoirs Reach 100% Capacity on Dec. 22
The nearly constant rain of the last three weeks has contributed 31,345 acre-feet* of water to MMWD's reservoirs, bringing all seven reservoirs to capacity for the first time since January 2013. Rainfall for the period December 1-21 is 23.22 inches, more than double the 9.61-inch average for the entire month of December. The December record of 34.5 inches was set in 1955.

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons

December 5, 2014 Update
MMWD Customers Continue to Reduce Water Use and Other Good News on the Water Front
District customers are continuing to conserve water and have reduced their use significantly in the last two months. For October 2014 MMWD customers reduced their consumption by 18.5% compared with October 2013, surpassing the state average.

Learn more.

December 1, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 94% of average storage for this date and 61% of capacity. Consumption is down 18% this week vs. the same week last year. Rainfall this year to date (July 1 - November 30) is 8 inches. Average rainfall for this time of year is 9.63 inches. Last year, we had received 2.62 inches by the end of November.

We have a new rebate program to help you continue to conserve. Up to $50 each, $250 for all five!

  • Pool covers
  • Hot water recirculating systems
  • Organic mulch
  • Laundry-to-landscape system components
  • Rain barrels
Learn more.

November 3, 2014 Update

The reservoirs are currently at 95% of average storage for this date and 61% of capacity. Consumption is down 25% for the week ending November 2, 2014 versus the same week last year.

October 1, 2014 Update
The reservoirs are currently at 94% of average storage for this date and 64% of capacity. Consumption is down 14% for the week ending September 28, 2014 versus the same week last year. Thank you for conserving!

We have free drought stickers, fliers, and posters in English and Spanish. You can place an order online here.

Reminder: New outdoor water restrictions are in place.

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.

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.