Press Release – State Water Board Expands Water Use Restrictions in Response to Drought

State Water Board Expands Water Use Restrictions in Response to Drought
Moulton Niguel Water District is Committed to Conservation, Reducing Community Water Use

Moulton Niguel, CA – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today extended emergency drought regulations for statewide mandatory water conservation in response toMNWD - SWRCB Regulations Statement - 3 17 15 FINAL_Page_1California’s ongoing historic drought. The new regulations expand existing drought regulations enacted by the State Water Board in August 2014. Prior to the first round of regulations, Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) proactively implemented an innovative budget-based rate structure, which encourages conservation by providing customers with individualized water budgets. The District’s early action has helped achieve significant water use reductions and ultimately resulted in MNWD’s exemption from the State Water Board restrictions.

As a result of successful conservation initiatives, the State Water Board has continued to grant the District’s exemption, and customers will not be impacted by the extended regulations. However, MNWD urges the community to continue reducing water use and remain conservation-minded, especially as California moves into the dry months of the year.

“Conservation is the job of the full community. As we move into the summer and California’s drought presses on, it’s more important than ever that MNWD and its customers continue to make water use reduction a priority,” said MNWD General Manager Joone Lopez. “While we have been successful in achieving reductions with our initiatives, like our rate structure, it’s imperative that we continue to work together to push for further reductions in 2015.”

Despite population growth and a sustained economic recovery, MNWD’s implementation of a budget-based rate structure has resulted in a 26 percent reduction in water use since 2007, reduced outdoor water use by 22 percent, and resulted in more than 2,500 acre-feet of water supply savings. Still, as the state moves into its fourth consecutive year of drought and water supplies remain scarce, customers are encouraged to do their part to continue conserving water.

To help continue water conservation efforts, MNWD encourages customers to follow these best water management practices:

  • Limits on watering hours and duration
  • No excessive water flow or runoff
  • No washing down hard or paved surfaces
  • Obligation to fix leaks, breaks or malfunctions
  • Re-circulating water required for water fountains and decorative water features
  • Limits on washing vehicles, except by use of a hand-held bucket or hose equipped with a positive water shut-off nozzle (this does not apply to commercial car washes).
  • Drinking water at restaurants served only upon request
  • Commercial lodging establishments must provide option to not launder linen daily
  • No installation of single pass cooling systems
  • No installation of non-re-circulating water systems in commercial car wash and laundry systems
  • Restaurants required to use water conserving dish wash spray valves

In addition to these best practices, MNWD is considering additional measures that may be taken as water supply shortages persist. The District continues to offer voluntary conservation programs, including turf removal rebates, home water surveys, sprinkler adjustments and more. These programs have proven effective in conservation efforts. For more information on voluntary conservation programs and practices, please visit

About MNWD
Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) provides drinking water, recycled water, and sewer service to more than 170,000 customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and portions of the City of Dana Point. Approximately 25 percent of MNWD’s water is provided through local water recycling programs. Approximately 75 percent of MNWD’s water is imported from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – a regional water wholesaler that delivers water from Northern California and the Colorado River.




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