What are the new Drought Emergency Regulations and what do they mean for MNWD customers?

The statewide drought is getting worse and water storage levels are dropping.  It is important for all Californians to save as much water as possible.  MNWD customers have been reducing their water use; however, it is critical for our customers to reduce their water use even more.

As you are aware, Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency in January, and asked all Californians to reduce our water use by 20 percent. Californians were not conserving enough water, so in April the Governor formed a Drought Task Force to closely manage precious water supplies, expand water conservation wherever possible and to quickly respond to emerging drought impacts throughout the State.

In July, the State Water Resources Control Board implemented new outdoor water restrictions to encourage Californians residents to conserve more water.  The new restrictions prohibit the following outdoor water uses:

  1. Washing down driveways and sidewalks with potable (drinking) water.
  2. Causing runoff as a result of excess outdoor watering.
  3. Using a hose to wash a motor vehicle, unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle.
  4. Using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.

What do the New Water Restrictions mean for MNWD customers?

MNWD is asking our customers to comply with the new restrictions listed above.

Will MWND Issue Fines for Water Restrictions Violations?

Not at this time.  The State Water Resources Control Board recognized the District’s progressive Water Budget Based Rate Structure, which encourages efficient use of water without requiring mandatory restrictions and fines.  Customers that exceed their monthly water budget will pay significantly more for their water use.  Below are the Districts commodity charges and examples of a customer within allocation and a customer over allocation.

WBBRS Examples









For more information about MNWD’s Water Budget Based Rate Structure, please click here.

Will MWND Limit Outdoor Watering to 2 Days Per Week?

The approved regulations allow for agencies with allocation-based rate structures, such as MNWD’s, to submit an alternate plan to the mandatory watering days that would allow continue execution of the budget based rate structure along with our enhanced conservation efforts.  The District has increased rebate opportunities and participated in local partnerships (such as the Crown Valley median project in Laguna Niguel, El Niguel Country Club turf removal project, and Laguna Hills High School turf removal and synthetic turf enhancements to the athletic fields) to help reduce potable water demands.

The District will continue to identify ways to expand our water use efficiency programs.  The first thing we suggest to all customers is to stay within your water budget.  That is the best place to start to help.

The District is working with the SWRCB.  The State Board has recognized the progressive rate structure we have and how effective it is in encouraging efficient use of water without requiring mandatory restrictions and fines.

How Can MNWD Customers Further Reduce Their Water Use?

MNWD is here to help our customers conserve water.  Here are several ways customers can save even more water:

  • Implement water efficient devices – MNWD offers rebates for indoor and outdoor water saving devices.  Click here to learn about available rebates.
  • Reduce your outdoor watering by at least one day per week
  • Adjust your sprinkler timers – Customers that usually go over allocation is usually because of over irrigating or a leak.
  • Check for leaks – leaky toilets can waste about 40 gallons of water per day.  You can check for leaks in your toilet by placing a dye tablet or a couple drops of food coloring in your toilet tank.  Wait a few minutes and check the toilet bowl.  If the color has seeped into the toilet bowl, your toilet has a leak.  MNWD offers rebates for water efficient toilets.
  • Request a free Home Savings Survey – Did you know that MNWD offers free Home Savings Surveys to our customers?  To schedule an appointment with one of our conservation experts, please click here and fill out the form.
  • Want more tips?  Click the link to learn more ways to reduce your water use.

Click here to learn more about the drought.




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