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Drought information: Updated June 17, 2016
On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-37-16 ordering the State Water Resource Control Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017, and to permanently prohibit practices that waste potable water. On May 18, 2016, SWRCB voted to adopt a new emergency regulation that calls for agencies to self-certify their conservation target based off a supply and demand approach, accounting for three years of future drought conditions. San Diego County Water Authority, the region's wholesaler and source of 100% of OMWD's potable water supply, has determined that our region's supply will meet our region's demand. OMWD will self-certify by June 22 with a conservation standard of zero percent. Once OMWD receives the official confirmation from SWRCB that our conservation standard has been approved, the board will consider moving out of a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage and Level 2 rates as well, likely at the July 20 board meeting. Moving out of a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage would make conservation by our customers voluntary. The restrictions that would remain in place are those mandated by the state, targeted to prohibit practices that waste potable water. Until OMWD's conservation target is approved by the SWRCB and the board has taken action, OMWD remains at the state-mandated 24% reduction and in a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage.

 

 
Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Appropriation Limit