Drought News
  • In response to improved conditions, the Board of Directors moved JCSD to a Drought Response Level 1 – Drought Watch Condition on April 24, 2023. With this easing of drought restrictions, all water users are requested to voluntarily reduce their water use and conserve. The JCSD Board of Directors also rescinded its 2021 Water Supply Alert at the same meeting. The press statement regarding these actions can be read here
  • California and JCSD’s service area received record-setting amounts of precipitation and snow through several large storms in early 2023. As a result of the winter storms, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-5-23, which rolled back several drought emergency provisions that are no longer needed due to improved water conditions. The Governor's action on March 24, 2023, ended the requirement that local water agencies implement level 2 of their drought contingency plans and several other measures.
  • On September 26, 2022, the JCSD Board of Directors adopted rules and regulations to prevent drought wasteful water uses related to non-functional turf in accordance with Section 996 of Title 24 of the California Water Code of Regulations. 
  • Governor Newsom issued Executive Order No. N-7-22 on March 28, 2022, in response to escalating drought conditions. The Executive Order, in part, directs the Department of Water Resources to consider banning irrigation of non-functional turf in commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors by May 25, 2022. This ban does not include residential turf or turf that is used as school fields, sports fields, parks, etc.                                            
  • On October 19, 2021, Governor Newsom issued a drought State of Emergency Proclamation to all of California, including Riverside County.
    • The proclamation, in part, empowers the California State Water Resources Control Board with the ability to restrict wasteful water uses in the future.
    • The proclamation also calls on Californians to redouble their conservation efforts.
  •  On October 11, 2021, the JCSD Board of Directors adopted Resolution No. 3192, in Support of a Water Supply Alert due to severe drought conditions, calling on customers to voluntarily reduce their use of water by 15 percent and to take advantage of conservation rebate programs.
  • On June 28, 2020, the JCSD Board of Directors adopted a Water Shortage Contingency Plan through its 2020 Urban Water Management Plan, which is designed to strategically reduce water consumption during drought and water supply emergencies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Drought Questions


Rebates That Help With the Cost of Drought

Rules and Regulations

Drought Rules and Regulations

Additional Drought Resources

Additional Drought Resources

If you have any questions regarding drought regulations or water conservation programs, please call (951)727-8002 or email SaveWater@JCSD.us