Drought Information

August 31, 2016 Update

As we move into late summer, our reservoir storage continues to do well. As of August 29, storage is 65,766 acre-feet, or 113% of average for this date. This is thanks to near-normal rainfall this past year, careful management, and the strong conservation efforts of our customers.

Although the state is no longer requiring MMWD to reduce water use by 20%, recent water production figures suggest our customers are still adhering to their water-saving habits. In July, customers saved 11.4% compared to the same month in 2013 (the benchmark year under the former 20% standard).

MMWD will continue to focus on conservation to make the most of our limited water supply. Even when full, our reservoirs hold only about a two-year supply of water, so using water wisely is always important. Thank you for making conservation a way of life!


July 28, 2016 Update


The 2015-16 rainfall year ended June 30 with a total of 49.74 inches of rain measured at Lake Lagunitas—a little below our 52-inch average. However, this is the most rain we've received since the 2010-11 rainfall year. And thanks to careful management and the tremendous conservation efforts of our customers, our reservoir storage is doing well at 111% of average for this time of year.

With improved drought conditions in parts of the state, state-mandated conservation standards have been replaced with locally determined measures designed to maintain water-wise habits and ensure we have adequate supplies to meet demand for three more years based on local conditions. Though the state is no longer requiring MMWD to reduce water use by 20%, we ask everyone to continue using water efficiently, since the next dry year may be right around the corner. Thank you for making conservation a way of life!

June 22, 2016 Update

Under the state's new drought regulations, all water agencies in California must analyze their supply and demand based on local conditions to determine a site-specific state conservation standard. Agencies must submit these "self-certification" standards by today, June 22. MMWD has submitted its self-certification and will continue to report monthly water production numbers to the state. Find the calculations for MMWD's self-certification here.

Though the state is no longer requiring MMWD to reduce water use by 20%, we continue to focus on conservation to make the most of our limited water supply. Visit marinwater.org/conserve to learn about our rebates, free water-use consultations, and other programs. We thank our customers for all they have done—and all they continue to do—to conserve!


June 14, 2016 Update


Thanks to improving drought conditions in parts of the state, on May 9, 2016, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order ending California's "one-size-fits-all" emergency conservation regulations. In response, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new regulations that take into account local water supply conditions. Under the new requirements, water agencies must determine whether they have adequate supplies to meet demand for three more years based on local conditions. At the same time, the state has made some conservation measures permanent, recognizing the need to prepare for more frequent and persistent droughts in the future.

What does all this mean for MMWD and our customers? In short, the state is no longer requiring MMWD to reduce water use by 20%. However, this change doesn't change our commitment to conservation. We continue to ask our customers to voluntarily conserve. And we continue to offer rebates, free water-use consultations, and other programs to help.

In addition, MMWD will keep in place new water waste prohibitions adopted in 2014 and 2015. Drought or no drought, these commonsense practices are easy ways to save water outdoors. The prohibited water uses include:

  • Using a garden hose without a shut-off nozzle
  • Landscape irrigation between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Irrigating any ornamental landscape or turf areas more than three days in any week.
  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall.

From June 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016, MMWD customers voluntarily conserved 21.1% compared to the same months in 2013, exceeding the 20% state standard set for MMWD. Thanks to customer efforts, MMWD reservoir storage as of June 13 is 75,064 acre-feet* or 110% of average for this date.

We thank our customers for making conservation part of their everyday lives!

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
January 2016
1,552 AF
1,364 AF
12%
20.7%
 February 2016
1,530 AF
1,338 AF
13% 20.1%
 March 2016
1,902 AF
1,390 AF
27%
20.7%
 April 2016
2,130 AF
1,665 AF
22%
20.8%
 May 2016
2,819 AF
2,147 AF
24%
21.1%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons

May 6, 2016 Update


MMWD customers continue to surpass our 20% conservation target set by the state. In April customers saved 22% compared to the same month in 2013. Cumulative savings for June 2015 through April 2016 is 20.8%. Thank you and keep up the great work! And don’t forget: We’re here to help. Check out our Summer Water Savings Spectacular for programs, rebates, and giveaways to help you save water this summer.

Thanks to improving drought conditions in many parts of the state, the State Water Resources Control Board is expected to vote this month on proposed changes to the current emergency regulations. Once a decision has been made, we will be sure to let our customers know how MMWD is affected.

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
 1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
January 2016
1,552 AF
1,364 AF
12%
20.7%
 February 2016
1,530 AF
 1,338 AF
13% 20.1%
 March 2016
1,902 AF
1,390 AF
27%
20.7%
 April 2016
2,130 AF
1,665 AF
22%
20.8%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons

April 14, 2016 Update


MMWD customers continue to excel at conservation, achieving a 27% water savings for the month of March 2016. The monthly and cumulative target set by the state for MMWD is 20% compared to water use in 2013. Going back to June 2015, cumulative savings by MMWD is 20.7%.

The State Water Resources Control Board will be meeting later this month to consider changing at least some of the target numbers to reflect the improved water supply conditions in some parts of the state. A vote is scheduled for early May. Once a decision has been made, we will be sure to let our customers know how MMWD is affected.

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
 1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
January 2016
1,552 AF
1,364 AF
12%
20.7%
 February 2016
1,530 AF
 1,338 AF
13% 20.1%
 March 2016
1,902 AF
1,390 AF
27%
20.7%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons

March 7, 2016 Update


In February MMWD customers saved 13% compared to the same month in 2013. Cumulative savings for June 2015 – February 2016 is 20.1%, so we continue to meet the 20% target set by the state for MMWD. Despite lower savings the past two months, we are still on track.

As a reminder, the statewide reductions have been extended through October 2016, so we have eight more months to go. We ask that you continue to reduce your water use, and we thank you for your commitment to conservation!

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
 1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
January 2016
1,552 AF
1,364 AF
12%
20.7%
 February 2016
1,530 AF
 1,338 AF
13% 20.1%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons

February 9, 2016 Update

In January MMWD customers saved 12% percent compared to the same month in 2013, falling below our 20% target set by the state. Since water use is already much lower in winter, there is less room for customers to cut back, making it more challenging to reach our goal. The good news is cumulative savings for June 2015 - January 2016 is 20.7%, continuing to surpass our target.

Earlier this month, Governor Brown's drought executive order calling for statewide reductions was extended to October 2016. This means the state will continue to ask MMWD to reduce water use by 20%, and we will continue to ask our customers to voluntarily conserve as you have been doing. In addition to being mandated by the state, conservation is common sense for MMWD customers: Even when full, our reservoirs hold only about a two-year supply of water, and we never know what the next rainfall year will bring. Thank you for doing your part!

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
 1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
January 2016
1,552 AF
1,364 AF
12%
20.7%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons


January 6, 2016 Update


MMWD customers saved 24% in December compared to the same month in 2013. Cumulative savings for June through December is 21.5%, surpassing our 20% target set by the state.

The current nine-month reporting period continues through February 2016. In November, Governor Brown extended his executive order calling for statewide reductions through October 2016, if the drought persists through this month.

With the arrival of El Niño it may be tempting to ease up on our conservation efforts. But saving water now will help ensure we have enough in our reservoirs this coming summer and beyond. Thank you and keep up the great work!

Month 2013
Water Production
(AF)*
2015/16
Water Production
(AF)*

Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
Savings
(Goal: 20%)
June 2015
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July 2015
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
 August 2015
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
 September 2015
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
 October 2015
2,599 AF
 2,149 AF
17%
21.0%
 November 2015
 2,090 AF
 1,628 AF
22%
21.1%
December 2015
1,888 AF
1,429 AF
24%
21.5%
*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons