Drought & Conservation Resource Center

Mandatory Water Use Restrictions in Effect

The drought is worsening, as California is in its driest 3-year period on record, and water conservation is urgently needed. Mandatory water use restrictions and drought emergency stage rates are in effect. Let's work together to reduce water use by 15%. Please save water now. Learn how:  

Top 5 Ways to Save Water

Top 5 Ways to Save Water

Report Water Waste

Report Water Waste

Water Do's and Don'ts

Water Do's and Don'ts

How ACWD is Saving Water

How ACWD is Saving Water

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When to Water

Rebates to Save Money and Water

Rebates to Save Money & Water

Free Water Conservation Kit

Free Water Conservation Kit

Water Shortage Emergency Declared 

On December 9, ACWD declared a water shortage emergency in Fremont, Newark and Union City and adopted an ordinance with mandatory water use restrictions aimed at reducing water use by 15% across the Tri-City area. Individual customer accounts will not be subject to specific reduction levels. 

Customers are asked to eliminate water waste, limit outdoor irrigation while maintaining landscape viability, and minimize other non-essential water use.

View the Ordinance

State Action: In response to worsening drought, the State of California adopted emergency regulations that prohibit irrigation of non-functional turf at commercial sites. This regulation is in effect as of June 10th, 2022. Learn more at the State Water Resources Control Board website. 


Mandatory Water Use Restrictions
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Investments in Advanced Metering Infrastructure Increase Water Use Efficiency

Over the next two and a half years, ACWD will install Advanced Metering Infrastructure or AMI. Customer benefits:

  • Receive leak alerts
  • Receive water use efficiency tips
  • Monitor water use
  • Review and pay bills