Drought Frequently Asked Questions

Cracked Earth, Drought FAQ

General drought questions

  1. What is a drought?

A drought is defined as a prolonged period with less-than-average amounts of rain or snow in a region. Drought severity is calculated from the amount of time that the region receives below-average precipitation. The variable climate in Southern California has become the norm. During previous times of drought, California residents have successfully used water efficiently, and have adopted a water-smart lifestyle even during normal to wet years.

  1. What drought stage is Western in?
  1. Are there mandatory cutbacks?
  1. What does the drought mean for me as a customer?
  1. What do I need to do to help save water?
  1. Why is new construction permitted during a drought?
  1. Can my HOA fine me for not watering my lawn during a drought?
  1. What does the drought emergency mean for my business?
  1. What are the watering restrictions for CII customers and what is Western's response? 

On May 24, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency conservation regulations stating that urban water suppliers must prohibit potable irrigation of non-functional turf for commercial, industrial and institutional customers by June 16, 2022.

Western will be working directly with any impacted customers, providing education about non-functional turf, and boosting customer support programs to make it easy for customers to comply with the new State-mandated watering restrictions. Information will be updated as it is available. 

  1. What is “non-functional turf”?
  1. Does the “non-functional turf” ban apply to residential properties?
  1. May people use recycled water or greywater to irrigate turf?
  1. May people still water trees?
  1. Does this regulation apply to HOAs?