Drought Response and Resiliency
According to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the state is experiencing its driest season in recorded history. The lack of precipitation and depleted snowpack have resulted in rapidly declining reservoir levels, which lead to Governor Gavin Newsom issuing an executive order in March of 2022 calling on water agencies to implement Level 2 of their drought contingency plans, also known as the Water Shortage Contingency Plan that is outlined in the Agency’s Urban Water Management Plan.
For MWA, this means:
- Continued analysis of the local water supply
- Information about the local, state and long-term water supplies is available on the MWA website under the Basin Management tab: Water Supply – Mojave Water Agency.
- Coordination with retail water agencies to encourage water conservation
- The Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation is a collaborative group of more than 20 agencies committed to achieving water conservation goals within the 4,900-square-mile service area of the Mojave Water Agency. Learn more here: AWAC – Mojave Water Agency
- Proactive communication campaign
- The Agency takes a multi-pronged approach at delivering drought messaging to the region’s water users, including social media, paid advertising, and public presentations.
Conservation is a way of life in the desert, so our drought response looks different than other regions of California that aren’t used to cutting back on their water use.
As a water wholesaler, MWA doesn’t sell water directly to consumers, but manages the High Desert’s water supply, which is 100% groundwater.
Water use reduction regulations vary from one water purveyor to another. Mojave Water Agency offers a handy tool to find your water purveyor so you can keep up to date on water issues and restrictions.