Drought & Conservation Resource Center

Water Shortage Emergency Declared 

Mandatory Water Use Restrictions in Effect

Following two critically dry years and with expected water supply constraints, 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