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Supply Allocation Plan
  Working Together Through the Drought

Allocation Press Release

Metropolitan’s Water Supply Portfolio

Call for Conservation

Managing Through Drought

Allocation Board Letter
Drought Impacts
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Jobs Impacts   Jobs Impacts
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Recreation Impacts   Recreation Impacts
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Fire Safety Impacts   Fire Safety Impacts
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Australia’s Millennium Drought   What California Can Learn From Australia’s Millennium Drought
A new report shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California. View here.
IO Tower   How Water Flows
The San Diego-based KPBS production company “A Growing Passion” shows where Southern California gets its imported water in the new show “How Water Flows.” View here.
Water Supply Conditions
  DWR’s Flyover of Lake Oroville in Sept. 2014

Metropolitan’s Current Water Supply Conditions

Metropolitan’s Water Surplus and Drought
Management Plan

Statewide Weather Information
Board Policy and Statements
  Metropolitan Water District Board Chairman Issues Statement on California Snow Survey, Governor's Drought Emergency Order

Metropolitan Water District GM Issues Statement on Initial State Water Project Allocation

Metropolitan GM Issues Statement on Legislative Passage of $7.54 Billion 2014 Water Bond

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement On Proposed Statewide Outdoor Water Restrictions

Heading into Hot, Dry Summer, Metropolitan Ramps up Conservation Call to Preserve Reserves During Drought

Metropolitan Expands Incentive Programs to Boost Region’s Conservation in Response to Drought

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement of Support for Governor Brown’s Executive Order to Intensify Drought Actions

Metropolitan General Manager Releases Statement On Water Allocation From State Water Project

Metropolitan’s 2008 Model Water Conservation Ordinance

  Metropolitan’s water blog General Manager’s Water Blog
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for the latest: “The Scoop on Metropolitan's Modified Turf Rebate Program.”
  H2oTalk General Manager’s Water Video Blog
View the latest with Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger as he discusses topical issues as part of a continuing videotaped conversation about water in the West.
Local Drought Actions
Click here to learn about local community response to the drought.
Conservation Tips
Gateway to local conservation tips and resources: bewaterwise.com

California’s Save our Water Web Site
State and Federal Information
State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Put Water Bond Before Voters

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Drought Page

Association of California Water Agencies Drought Watch

The National Integrated Drought Information System “Drought Portal”

California Water Action Plan

Governor Brown, Legislative Leaders Announce Emergency Drought Legislation

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions
MWD Video
  Gov. Jerry Brown Meets with So Cal Water Leaders
Governor Jerry Brown Meets with Southern California Water Leaders
Gov. Jerry Brown met with Southern California water officials at Metropolitan headquarters, including General Manager Jeff Kightlinger (right), to discuss the statewide drought and the need to increase conservation. It was the governor's first visit to Metropolitan

Governor’s Visit to MWD



L.A. Times: Southland's Major Water Agency is Rebuilding Depleted Regional Storage, Oct. 10

San Gabriel Valley Tribune: A 6th Year of Drought is Depressing, but L.A. County's Largest Water Supplier Has Some Good News, Oct. 10

L.A. Times: A Fool And His Water Are Soon Parted, Aug. 19

Monterey Herald: California Forests Become Biological Emergency Room, Aug. 14

Bakersfield Californian: The Backstory Of A Scare You Never Knew About. Aug. 13

Sacramento Bee: Will the Delta Tunnels Get Built? Plan Enters Critical Make-or-Break Phase, July 24

Wired: SoCal’s Massive Water Agency Grabs Up Land On NorCal’s Wettest River, July 21

L.A. Times: California Needs To Conserve Water Like The Drought Is Here To Stay, June 23

L.A. Times: Snowpack Unlikely To Recover From Drought Until 2019, Study Finds, June 21

Sacramento Bee: Melting Snow, Water Releases and La Niña Complicate California’s Drought Picture, June 20

Sacramento Bee: Delta Tunnels Bill Mandating Voter Approval Advances, April 19

Sacramento Bee: Delta Pumping To Southern California Restricted Despite Rainy Weather, April 16

L.A. Times: Is The California Drought America’s Water Wake-Up Call?, April 16

L.A. Times: Scientists Confirm: El Niño A Disappointment In Still-Too-Dry Southern California, April 15

L.A. Times: Drought Is The New Normal. We Need Less Shaming And More Incentivizing, April 11

New York Times: Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst, April 11

Sacramento Bee: Southern California Water Agency Signs $175 Million Deal To Buy Delta Islands, April 11

Sacramento Bee: Drought Still Grips Southern California, Keeping Pressure On State Water Supplies, April 4

L.A. Times: No, California’s Drought Isn’t Over. Here’s Why Easing The Drought Rules Would Be A Big Mistake, April 4

L.A. Times: Californians Fall A Bit Short Of Brown’s Call For 25% Cut In Water Use After 9 Months of Conservation, April 4

Sacramento Bee: California’s Most Pressing Need: Water, April 1

L.A. Times: State Snowpack Has Changed A Lot In The Last Year – As Have Californians’ Attitude Toward Water, March 30

Sacramento Bee: New Dispute Erupts Over Sacramento Delta Tunnels Project, March 22

Sacramento Bee: Weak El Niño Fails To Fix California’s Drought, Feb. 28

L.A. Times: Clean Water Versus The Sucker Fish: Drought Creates A Bizarre Dilemma, Feb. 26

L.A. Times: Without A “March Miracle,” Drought-like Conditions Will Continue In Southern California, Feb. 22

Christian Science Monitor: How California Residents Are Changing The Water Landscape, Feb. 20

New York Times: Storm Water, Long A Nuisance, May Be A Parched California's Salvation, Feb. 19

KQED: El Niño Weakening, Stage Set For La Niña and Possible Dry Winter Next Year, Feb. 18

The Christian Science Monitor: As California Enters A "New Era" On Water, Cities Seek Their Own Solution, Feb. 18

L.A. Times: In Post-Bankruptcy Stockton, A Mayor And Erin Brockovich Team Up To Scare People About Water, Feb. 18n.

Sacramento Bee: Why Release Water From Folsom Lake During Drought?, Feb. 15

Christian Science Monitor: Are Drought Conditions in The U.S. Here to Stay?, Feb. 7

Sacramento Bee: To Make Most of Rain, State Needs Delta Tunnels, Feb. 4

San Diego Union-Tribune: Now is Not The Time to Stop Saving Water, Feb. 3

Sacramento Bee: Agencies Deserve Credit For Water Supply Investments, Jan. 11

Sacramento Bee: Angry California Republicans Call Drought Bill Dead For The Year, Dec. 10

New York Times: In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined In Drought, While The Rich Soak, Nov. 21

Gizmodo: The Reservoir That Made The World Pay Attention To California’s Drought, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: El Nino Could Be The Most Powerful On Record, Scientists Say, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: MWD Considers Buying 4 Delta Islands To Solve Some Water Problems, Nov. 10

L.A. Times: To Save Water, An Underground Movement To Bank El Nino’s Rainfall, Nov. 9

L.A. Times: Soak The Rich To Help Solve California’s Water Crisis, Nov. 6

Bloomberg Business: A Few California Farmers Have Lots Of Water. Can They Keep It?, Nov. 4

MyNewsLA.com: Water-Wasters Beware: New Smart Meters In Place To Catch Biggest Water Users, Nov. 3

Sacramento Bee: Winter Salmon Run Nearly Extinguished In Drought, Feds Say, Oct. 28

New York Times: In Drought-Ridden California, The Classic Lawn Loses Ground, Oct. 26

L.A. Times: Big Water Users, Take Note: DWP Is Considering Outing You, Oct. 25

L.A. Times: X-Ray Technology Reveals California’s Forests Are In For A Radical Transformation, Oct. 20

Sacramento Bee: Let’s Name Names On Water Hogs, Oct. 19

L.A. Times: Paper Plates and Plastic Forks? Drought Restrictions Rankles Restaurants and Diners, Oct. 13

L.A. Times: Restrictions On Water Rates Get Newfound Opposition From Gov. Jerry Brown, Oct. 13

San Jose Mercury News: Leaking Water Pipes Losing Billions Of Gallons Targeted By New State Law, Oct. 13

Sacramento Bee: Poll: California’s Drought Heavy On The Mind, Oct. 12

Sacramento Bee: California’s Water Hogs Need A Little Sunshine, Oct. 12

L.A. Times: In Bel-Air, Someone Is Using 1,300 Gallons Of Water – Per Hour, Oct. 7

San Francisco Chronicle: Fort Bragg Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups, Oct. 5

Sacramento Bee: Will El Nino “Solve” Drought? Not If The Rain Falls In Southern California, Oct. 4

L.A. Times: Water, 2015, California: The No-Good, Very Bad Year – Now, 'Pray For Rain,' Sept. 30

Sacramento Bee: Southern California Schools Sacramento Region On Water Conservation, Sept. 25

L.A. Times: MWD's Water Recycling Plan Is A Good One, But Don't Call It "Toilet to Tap," Sept. 23

L.A. Times: Metropolitan Water District Aims To Build Plant To Recycle Sewage Into Drinking Water, Sept. 22

Las Vegas Review-Journal: SNWA Could Lease Water To Drought-Stricken California, Sept. 15

L.A. Times: Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Much Worse Than Thought: A 500-Year Low, Sept. 14

Headlines Archive

A Sierra Nevada mountain comparison taken by NASA’s Terra satellite
Comparison images of Folsom and Oroville Lakes in 2011 and in 2015. Photo credit: California Department of Water Resources