Drought Status

Vallejo Drought Status = State Mandated Water Reductions

The California drought emergency regulations are in effect through April 25th, 2015, unless extended.

In January 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to unprecedented drought conditions and on April 25, 2014 he issued an executive order calling for all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.  In response, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted an emergency drought regulation requiring urban water suppliers, like the City of Vallejo, to implement drought response plans to limit outdoor irrigation and also prohibit wasteful water practices. Water suppliers that fail to comply with the emergency regulation may be fined $10,000 per day. 

In compliance with the state’s emergency regulation, on August 26th, 2014 the Vallejo City Council adopted a Resolution (NO. 14-102 N.C.) implementing outdoor water use restrictions included in Stage II of the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan as it pertains to outdoor irrigation.  Those restrictions include:

1.  No outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf with potable water is permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except for drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand watering.

2. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, parking lots, or structures is prohibited.

3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks is prohibited, except where necessary to address an immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term or condition in a permit issued by a state or federal agency.

4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative feature is prohibited, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

State Reservoir Levels

Res levels
Mid-September

The red lines shown above reflect the historical average water level associated with reservoirs located throughout the state.

Dry Lake bed

Many communities throughout the state are looking
for new, long term, sources of drinking water.

Wasteful Water Use is Never An Option:

Although stringent water use restrictions have been approved city wide in recent weeks, city residents are reminded that wasteful water use is never an option here in the City of Vallejo.  Chapter 11.54 of the Vallejo Municipal Code addresses long standing wasteful water use restrictions that are always in force and  will remain in effect long after the current state mandated restrictions sunset.  As a reminder, in addition to the constraints already covered under restriction numbers 2, 3, and 4 above, it is always unlawful to:

  • Allow water to escape from plumbing breaks for more than 36 hours after notification
  • Wash cars, boats, trailers, aircraft, and other vehicles without the use of a shutoff nozzle
  • Use potable water for construction, compaction, dust control, street sweeping, building wash down where non-potable or recycled water is available
  • Use of single-pass cooling systems
  • Use non-recirculating systems in new conveyor car wash facilities

Lake Berryessa

On Sept 7th 2014 the Lake Berryessa water level was at 58% of capacity, 36.5 feet below the Glory Hole shown above.