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Urban Water Management Plan and Drought Contingency Plan

Western is embarking on a collaborative effort to develop a resilient, reliable and fiscally responsible Urban Water Management Plan and Drought Contingency Plan that support our region’s needs long into the future.

2020 Urban Water Management Plan

Urban Water Management Plans (UMWP) are intended to provide a guide to manage urban water demands efficiently and to provide long-term water resource planning to ensure adequate and reliable water supplies over a 20-year planning horizon considering normal, dry, and multiple dry years. The Water Code also specifies the contents and procedures for Western’s adoption of the UWMP. Western’s UWMP must be adopted and submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) before July 1, 2021.

2022 Drought Contingency Plan

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has developed a Drought Response Program to improve its ability to assist states, tribes and local governments to prepare for and address drought in advance of a crisis. This Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans. 

Western received grant funds for to develop a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) and has two years to complete this effort. Western’s DCP must be adopted and submitted to USBR prior to June 1, 2022 (pending confirmation).