Drought Status

Governor Issues Executive Order Addressing State Drought

With California facing serious water shortfalls statewide, Governor Brown has proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions.

The Executive Order contained in Proclamation No. 1-17-2014 contains specific water conservation measures that affect all California residents. Click to view the full text of the Executive Order.

A summary of the measures includes:
  • Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other hardscapes
  • Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available
  • Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local carwashes that use recycled water
  • Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week
  • Implement water reduction plans for parks, gold courses, and institutions with large landscapes
  • Hotels and restaurants should only provide water to customers upon request

Dry Lake bed

car wash


Vallejo Drought Stage = Voluntary Water Reductions

In addition to the measures outlined in the Governor's Emergency Executive Order, Vallejo water customers are encouraged to voluntarily modify water use habits and adopt higher water efficiency practices.

These are uncertain times with regard to the City's drinking water supply. With California's driest months still ahead, the State Water Resources Control Board, charged with administering California's water rights system, is urging water users to conserve and use water wisely. 

The Board is closely monitoring water availability and may act to limit or stop diversions of water from one of Vallejo's largest water sources, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The City of Vallejo has detailed water shortage contingency measures incorporated within its local water management plan that will be utilized to update local drought stages as conditions change.

Water customers are encouraged to visit www.vallejowater.com for valuable water saving tips, information, and money saving water appliance/fixture rebates.

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa - notice the extremely low water line


Local Ordinance Prohibits Wasteful Water Use

With the hottest summer months still to come in 2014, we would like to remind all Vallejo residents of the on-going regulations and water restrictions in force under Chapter 11.54 of the Municipal Code - Wasteful Water Use Prohibition Ordinance. As a reminder, it is unlawful to:
  • Use potable water to irrigate outdoors in any manner that results in run-off for more than 15 minutes
  • Use potable water to wash sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces without the use of a shutoff nozzle
  • Allow water to escape from plumbing breaks for more than 36 hours after notification
  • Wash cars, boats, trailers, aircraft, and other vehicles without the use of a shutoff nozzle
  • Operate decorative water fountains without water recirculation
  • Use potable water for construction, compaction, dust control, street sweeping, building wash down where non-potable or recycled water is available
  • Use single-pass cooling systems
  • Use non-recirculating systems in new conveyor car wash facilities