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November 1, 2017

The Governor has rescinded his Emergency Drought order in April due to improved water supply conditions as a result of rainfall statewide over this past winter and spring. Although water is plentiful in parts of California, the local Main San Gabriel Basin groundwater levels have not recovered to the desired operating range.

80% of the water used in the San Gabriel Valley is local groundwater; the remaining 20% is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River. ALW’s customers have done a great job saving water and meeting every drought challenge posed in recent years. However, given the variability of rainfall in Southern California, it is important to emphasize the importance of water conservation by residents and businesses.

Since temperature is expected to be cooler in winter, the watering schedule will change to two days per week from November through March.

Winter Months 
(November through March)
      Even Address  Thursday, Sunday
      Odd Address  Wednesday, Saturday
Commercial/HOA  Monday, Friday

Watering by a hand-held hose with a positive shut-off nozzle, a bucket or watering can; a rain barrel; a drip irrigation system; or reclaimed, recycled or gray wastewater may be done on any day.

All mandatory water conservation measures (Water Rule 21) will continue to be enforced, including:

• No excess runoff
• No watering between 9 AM to 6 PM
• Watering is limited to 30 minutes per location per day
• No washing down hardscape
• Vehicle handwashing only with bucket and hose with positive shutoff nozzle
• No watering during rain events or 48 hours afterwards

In order to facilitate recharge of the local groundwater basin in preparation for future water shortage periods, water users shall actively seek to limit the total water usage to an amount equal to or less than the corresponding month of the prior year.


Water Rule 21
Rebates and Drought Resources