Board Approves Resolution Declaring a Water Shortage Emergency Condition and Adopting the Framework of an Emergency Water Conservation Program
INLAND EMPIRE, Calif., May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At yesterday’s Board meeting, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA/Agency) Board of Directors adopted a drought resolution in response to current water supply conditions and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (MWD) Water Shortage Emergency Condition declaration in April. This resolution declares a Water Shortage Emergency Condition, activating Level 3 of the Agency’s Water Storage Contingency Plan, and adopts an Emergency Water Conservation Program Framework (EWCP).
“California’s precipitation through the end of this year is projected to be the driest on record, snowpack is shrinking, and reservoirs have hit all-time lows. These water supply challenges have led to unprecedented drought conditions,” stated IEUA Board Vice President and MWD Board Member Michael Camacho. “The Board recognizes the severity and need for water reductions across the region and State. We must all work together to ensure water reliability today and for the future.”
The EWCP addresses MWD’s second pathway option identified in their recent drought resolution. This pathway allows agencies to follow specific limits determined by Human Health & Safety water provided by the Department of Water Resources and additional State Water Project (SWP) supplies available from MWD. The Agency will allocate volumetric limits to its Customer Agencies based on average imported water purchase percentages from FY 2018-20. This pathway will support the region in achieving real water savings.
“The EWCP Framework establishes a collaborative, coordinated course of action to provide flexibility and support for our Customer Agencies and the specific needs of their regions. Our goal is to conserve at least twenty to thirty percent of our supplies as we continue to plan for the dry months ahead,” continued…