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Next Meeting Agenda May 2, 2017 at 5:30 PMLAKESIDE WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTE TO END DROUGHT CONSERVATION RESTRICTION’S
The Lakeside Water District Board of Director’s at their May 2, 2017 meeting voted to end the District’s “Drought Response Level 1 – Drought Water Condition” which has been in effect since July 6, 2016. The District first entered into our Drought Response Level 1 on March 11, 2014 and then into our “Response Level 2” requiring a mandatory 20% conservation on August 16, 2014. After maintaining greater than our mandatory conservation level for 22 months we were able to go back into our Level 1 condition last year after extensive lobbying by water agencies through-out San Diego County to allow for gains made to our water supply portfolio by extensive diversification and infrastructure investment.
Following unprecedented water conservation and record setting winter rain and snow, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17 on April 7, 2017, which lifts the drought emergency issued in January 17, 2014 in all California counties, except four located in central California. The new order builds on actions taken in Executive Order B-37-16 issued on May 9, 2016, which remains in effect, to continue making water conservation a way of life in California. The new order keeps the requirements for water agencies to continue reporting total water use on a monthly basis to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and also to maintain prohibitions on wasteful practices such as watering during or after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians.
The SWRCB is one of five agencies directed to establish a long-term water conservation framework that builds on the momentum created during the drought, and will continue to work on a path to make conservation a way of life in California, and to better position the State to withstand future droughts.
The conservation framework includes recommendations to establish long term water conservation standards and improved agricultural and urban water management planning to better prepare for more frequent and severe droughts. These actions will help achieve a top priority of the California Water Action Plan which is the road map to long term planning and preparedness in California.