Drought 2014

Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency on January 17th 2014. The 2013 calendar year was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions indicate very little change in sight for 2014. As a result, water systems will be challenged to meet their water needs in the upcoming year. While there is no way to prevent drought from occurring, the effects of drought can be significantly reduced or even eliminated altogether. The impacts of drought can be reduced by establishing and implementing drought management planning and water conservation measures.

California Rural Water Association (CRWA) has a myriad of free resources to aid in dealing with water shortages in times of drought. Available on this website you will find resources to help water systems regarding water shortages, water conservation, and Emergency/Disaster response planning. CRWA also has educational training on Leak Detection Principles throughout the state with a focus on Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Systems (to see the lastest listing of classes available, go to our Training page). You can also check our training site for upcoming drought trainings. CRWA also has a free onsite technical support program to eligible disadvantaged community water systems assisting with drought, water conservation and emergency response planning (go to our Techincal Assistance Request page).