California has experienced many periods of drought and weather extremes, which due to climate change, are occurring more frequently. On October 19, 2021, Governor Newsom expanded his Drought Proclamation statewide and encouraged the State Water Board to prohibit certain wasteful water uses. Newsom's July 2021 Executive Order asks all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent from their 2020 levels. At this time, all three counties - Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara - in which BAWSCA represents the interests of the water customers served by the San Francisco Regional Water System, are now included in the targeted State of Emergency.
BAWSCA and its member agencies are encouraging wise water use as summer begins, especially after this dry and warm winter season. Water customers are asked to remain vigilant, particularly around outdoor water use.
Our primary water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is also asking all water customers to voluntary reduce their water use.
Ways residents can reduce water use during the summer include routinely cutting irrigation time and reducing frequency of irrigation days, fixing leaks, and addressing irrigation problems like overspray.
BAWSCA offers a wide range of programs, rebates, and water conservation tips to help you reduce your outdoor and indoor water use including turf replacement incentives, water efficient landscaping classes, low-flow fixture replacement rebates, and much more!