Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency on January 17th 2014. The 2013-2015 calendar years have been the driest in recorded history for many areas of California. 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 plans 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 Drought Preparedness and 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 the Training Schedule tab 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).