Drought Emergency Water Conservation Regulation – Water Supply Reliability Certification
Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation.
The May 2016 regulation requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a new approach based on local water supply availability. The regulation requires individual urban water suppliers to assume three additional dry years and self-certify the amount of available water supplies over that time and the amount of conservation necessary to match expected supplies with expected demands.
The Long Beach Water Department has evaluated our water supply availability using the prescribed conditions required in California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Section 864.5(g), and we determined that sufficient water supplies are available to meet the water demands of all our customers over the next three years.
The results of the test are due to four factors:
1. The extraordinary efforts of Long Beach residents and businesses to embrace water conservation as a way of life even before the onset of the current drought, which has thereby reduced demands for water over the past 30 years.
2. The availability and reliability of the Long Beach groundwater supply in the Central Basin. The Central Basin Judgment strictly manages the replenishment and limits the extractions in the Central Basin, protecting the groundwater supply available to Long Beach even during times of drought.
3. The determination of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the provider of wholesale imported water to Long Beach, that they will be able to meet the demands of all its member agencies, including those of the City of Long Beach, over the next three years under the same conditions.
4. The ongoing conversion of certain potable water customers to the use of recycled water.