About the Drought

California has had years of very little precipitation before. California has had years of relatively low surface reservoir storage before. What’s unprecedented about this drought is that it combines low surface reservoir storage with very little new precipitation and snow pack and above average temperatures.

-          The extent of the drought emergency varies greatly across the state. In general, water service providers who have multiple local or imported water sources—e.g., surface reservoirs, groundwater, and recycled water—have more options for managing tightening supplies. Water suppliers who have only a single surface water source with no ready access to groundwater face the biggest challenges.

-          The drought not only affects California’s residents, businesses and farms, but also its fish and wildlife. Plants and animals in otherwise thriving ecosystems come under tremendous strain; those in already-stressed ecosystems become even more vulnerable. We’re all in this together—people, fish and wildlife.

-          The drought is an opportunity for all Californians to re-examine their water use and re-commit to greater efforts to use our scarce supplies as wisely and as efficiently as possible.

-          The drought is an opportunity for Californians to make long-term changes in our relationship with water that will have benefits that will last far longer than the current emergency. Water-conserving behaviors in years of relative abundance are what stretch supplies in years of shortage.

Drought News


September CalWEP Plenary

September 20, Hosted by San Jose Water

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
 Save the Date: The Partnership's 3rd Quarter Plenary is scheduled for September 20th in San Jose, hosted by the San Jose Water Company, 1221A S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128.

Watch your email for meeting details as the date draws closer.


Water Efficiency Expert Mary Ann Dickinson Named Leader of the California Water Efficiency Partnership

Monday, June 12, 2017

The California Water Efficiency Partnership has announced the selection of water efficiency expert Mary Ann Dickinson to lead the organization into its new future.


The City of Santa Rosa seeks a Sustainability Coordinator - Water User Efficiency

The City of Santa Rosa seeks a Water Resource Specialist - Water User Efficiency

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Join the City of Santa Rosa as a Sustainability Coordinator in the Santa Rosa Water Department as part of the Water and Engineering Resources Division! This exciting position leads and manages the Water Department's sustainability teams and programs. This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full time vacancy to manage the City's innovative Water Use Efficiency Program and lead the Water Use Efficiency Team.

Please click here to see the Job Bulletin

Register today for Peer-to-Peer 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Registration is open for Peer-to-Peer 2017.  Early Bird registration is $150 per person before May 12 After that it will be $180 per person.  Single day registration is $75 for Early Bird and $105 after May 12. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch each day, and a reception on Wednesday.  Click the header above to read more, or click here to register using the CalWEP Store.


Learn About the Exciting Organizational Changes Happening

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Partnership is now in a transition year--an exceptional point in its history when members are shaping the organization from the ground up to both advance water efficiency in California while serving member needs. Learn more by reading our fact sheet and list of frequently asked questions. 

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