Drought State of Emergency in California
On April 7, 2017, the Governor officially terminated the Drought State of Emergency in California after more than three years, view details of the State Executive Order (PDF). While Napa and other cities will no longer be subject to state-mandated emergency water use reductions, the State Water Board has retained statewide regulations that prohibit water waste, view details from the California Water Boards page. The City is enforcing for all customers. Report water waste by calling 707-257-9521 or Email the Water Division.
In January 2014, the Governor first declared a Drought State of Emergency. With record low snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 2015, the Governor issued Executive Orders in April 2015 and November 2015 mandating statewide reductions in urban water use. Under the implementing regulations adopted by the State Water Board, the City of Napa was required to reduce its total water consumption by 20% for the period of June 2015 through May 2016 (compared to those same months in 2013). View past statements from State of California the:
The Napa community responded exceptionally well to the statewide drought emergency. Water usage in Napa went down 25%, beating our target by 5%, saving 1.2 billion gallons, and achieving our lowest usage since the 1987-92 drought, when the population was 14,000 fewer and extensive hotel development had yet to occur. For more information view the document,City of Napa Drought Response Water Use Versus Base Year in 2013 (PDF).
Conservation as a Way of Life
Thanks to drought easing in Northern California in 2016, the State Water Board then allowed urban water suppliers to develop conservation standards based on their own local circumstances. With our local reservoirs filling this past winter and a 100% allocation from the State Water Project for 2017, City of Napa water supplies are reliable and after May 2016 we were no longer subject to a%age savings mandate. However, as the Governor's May 2016 Executive Order (PDF) made clear, water conservation must be considered a way of life. View the document Officially Ending the Drought Emergency (PDF), and understand how the State has finalized its plan for Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life (PDF). We urge customers to maintain water-wise habits learned during the drought, as we transition back to meeting our long-term water use efficiency goals and move to address the future requirements of this new State plan.
Water use efficiency and conservation form an integral part of the City of Napa's long-term water management strategy. To comply with the Water Conservation Act of 2009 (SBx7-7) (PDF), the City is working to keep system demand below 132 gallons per capita per day (gpcd) for 2020 and beyond. For our customers this means we are available to help you make every drop count, and every drop you save will reduce your own water bill.
Save Our Water
From 1997 to 2002, demand on our water system averaged 170 gpcd. Since 2003 when the City began to implement more California Best Management Practices, demand has averaged 147 gpcd, including a low of 114 gpcd in 2016. This trend results from the evolution of water-efficient appliances, City ordinances and programs, and water recycling. We look to continue this progress by offering our customers a variety of financial incentives and educational opportunities:
Reminders About Conservation
- Check out the Save Our Water video: Quick Facts about Water Use in California - And Why You Should Conserve
- Reminder for Outside City customers: Whether located inside or outside the City limits, if your site is served by the City of Napa water system (i.e. you receive a City of Napa water bill) then you are eligible for all of our water-saving incentives!
- All Napa County Residents: View this handy Countywide Water Conservation Map to find water-saving programs available for your home or business.