Water Conservation

Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency Rescinded

Following a generous amount of rainfall this past winter and early spring, Governor Brown took action on April 7, 2017 to lift the drought emergency and State mandated water use restrictions in most California counties. The Governor's action also eliminate the State's mandate for Arroyo Grande to save 28% of its water use. Given the lifting of this mandate and the improved water supply conditions for Arroyo Grande, the City Council unanimously approved and adopted a Resolution rescinding the Stage 1 Water Shortage Emergency in the City of Arroyo Grande which removes temporary water use limitations that established individualized water budgets for all residential customers.

The City Council's action was based on a determination that there is no immediate or imminent threat to the City's ability to meet the community's water supply needs. All previously established mandatory water use restrictions will remain in effect, including limitations on outdoor irrigation and continued adherence to four-day outdoor irrigation based on the property address.

The Arroyo Grande City Council established a variety of water conservation rebate programs in advance of the recent drought, emphasized the need for Arroyo Grande residents to remain vigilant about water conservation given the susceptibility of local water supplies to drought conditions. The City Council also complemented Arroyo Grande residents who reduced overall water consumption since June of 2015 by 37%, substantially exceeding the State mandated 28% requirement.

The City of Arroyo Grande strongly encourages its residents and businesses to continue to make water conservation an important way of life. The City continues to offer several water conservation incentive programs including the Plumbing Retrofit Program that provides low-flow toilets and showerheads at no charge for home built prior to 1982. Financial rebates are also available for water efficient washing machines, commercial dishwashers and greywater systems

For more information about the City's plumbing retrofit program, call 805-473-5485 and for information about the rebate programs, call 805-473-5425.