January 17, 2014: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a statewide drought emergency and asked all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. California is experiencing a serious drought and the state will be challenged to meet its water needs in the upcoming year. Calendar year 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions suggest no change is in sight for 2014. Water conservation is always important in California, but this year Californians cannot afford to waste companies to comply with Governor Brown’s call for a 20 percent water use reduction statewide, as well as any future conservation directives from the Governor, as the state works together to support drought mitigation and relief efforts.
CPUC Press Release (PDF)
August 14, 2014: CPUC orders water utilities to provide notification to customers of water use restrictions and potential fines
June 19, 2014: Presentation regarding the Drought in California (PowerPoint)
Please visit the CA Save Our Water website for additional information on the drought, water conservation, and much more.
Hearings and Events
Energy and Water
The drought affects California’s supply of hydroelectricity. While the CPUC does not anticipate any energy reliability issues due to the drought, we are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the utilities.
While the CPUC does not anticipate any electricity reliability issues as a result of the drought, utilities will need to find alternative energy sources to meet the needs that hydroelectricity previously met. Utilities that incur additional costs, as a result of utilizing different energy sources to meet the previous hydroelectricity needs, would recoup the costs through a rate adjustment in 2015 if the CPUC determined that the increased costs were consistent with CPUC decisions. The actual amount would depend on market costs over the summer, which can be impacted by a number of factors, but are expected to be fairly minor to consumers.
Standard Practice U-40-W
Resolution W-4976 (approved February 27, 2014) adopted Standard Practice (SP) U-40-W. SP U-40-W prescribes guidance on water conservation, rationing, and service connection moratoria.
- Resolution W-4976 (PDF)
- Standard Practice U-40-W (PDF)
- Sample Advice Letter - Add Rule 14.1 (PDF) (Word version to modify)