Water Supply Update

Are We Still in a Drought? It Rained, It Snowed!


When you watch the news and see rain throughout Southern California and snow in Northern California it is hard to understand how we could still be in a drought. However, we have been in a drought for many years and one year is not going to catch us up. It could take several years of good rainfall to get us back to normal.
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Drought Monitor

Water Supply


The District's water supply comes from local water (25 - 40%) and imported water from the California Bay Delta and Colorado River aqueduct. Local water is our least expensive supply of water. Groundwater levels are down locally and experts say recovery will be a multi-year process that will depend on our local recharge and pumping. The District also uses water in Vail Lake as part of its recharge for the groundwater basin. Vail Lake's water level is currently at 35% of normal operating capacity. It will take years of good weather to replenish. Watch the video here

District In Stage 3c


The District’s Board of Directors voted to move out of Stage 4a and into Stage 3c of the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan at their June 9, 2016 meeting. This action restores residential, landscape, agricultural, and commercial customer’s efficient budgets to 100%. In addition, the Board of Directors also voted to remove the drought penalty charges that were added to Tier 4.

Stage 3c gives residential and landscape customers their full Tier 1 and Tier 2 efficient budgets and Tier 3 (the inefficient tier) will continue to be eliminated. Therefore, customers who go over their efficient budget will go directly into Tier 4 and pay the highest price for water.

We would like to ask our customers to continue to practice water use efficiency, as the long-term drought is still not over.

For additional information related to Stage 3c, please click here for the District’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan information.

Current Drought Status

Currently in Stage 3c
Residential and Landscape Customers Tier 3 Water Budgets are Eliminated. Rolling water budgets continue to be suspended; No variances or adjustments will be approved for filling swimming pools, establishing or expanding landscape area, leaks not repaired within 48 hours, and existing outdoor water budgets.

RCWD is closely monitoring the water supply situation and will provide additional information as the District implements mandatory water efficiency measures. For details and information about the drought, click here.

Additional Information and Resources


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City of Temecula Drought Presentation


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