Drought 2021-22


Once again, California is experiencing drought. After several exceptionally dry winters, 2021 has been marked as the second-driest year in state history. As water providers across the State continue to plan and prepare for extended dry conditions, California residents and businesses are being called to take action and asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 15% over 2020 levels.

While dry conditions are a normal pattern in Southern California, we can’t predict with accuracy when drought begins or ends. Orange County is better prepared for this period of drought thanks to sound planning and wise investments in water supply and infrastructure, and a continued commitment to using water wisely and reducing water waste.


Water Use Efficiency

A Southern California lifestyle includes using water efficiently every day. This simple practice is the least costly method we have to extend our water supply reliability, especially during times of drought. For decades, MWDOC has offered water-saving programs and rebates designed to encourage Orange County residents and businesses to use water wisely.

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OC is Water Smart

Since the early 1990’s, Orange County has distinguished itself as a leader in water use efficiency. Through active participation in water-saving programs and incentives, Orange County water users save over 17 billion gallons of water each year. That’s a lot of water! As a result of community outreach efforts and thoughtful partnerships, MWDOC offers Orange County residents and businesses the information, education, and resources they need to make water-smart decisions every day.

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(FREE) Communications Toolkit

Communicating effectively with our Orange County communities is critical as we continue to navigate current and changing drought conditions. MWDOC Public Affairs has prepared a free communications toolkit to assist our member agencies, stakeholders, and community partners when speaking with the public about current drought conditions. Ensuring Orange County maintains a unified, regional voice on the drought will be the key to enduring it.

Email mwdocinfo@mwdoc.com to request access to the toolkit.


Additional Resources

MWDOC is committed to keeping Orange County engaged, involved, and up-to-date on current water issues, water-saving opportunities, pending policy matters, and special events. You can follow us on social media, subscribe to our eNewsletter, and check back here for additional drought related resources.

MWDOC eCurrents Newsletter

California Drought Monitor

Current Reservoir Conditions

Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio

April 2021 Emergency Proclamation

October 2021 Expanded Emergency Proclamation

MWDOC Urban Water Management Plan and Water Supply Contingency Plan