Municipal Water District declares drought, asks customers to conserve

California has seen this before, low rainfall totals and reservoir storage levels, and one municipal water district is getting out ahead of what could be another dry year.

The Board of Directors for Marin Water in Corte Madera, Calif. recently approved a resolution declaring initial stages of drought and outlines voluntary conservation actions for the district’s customers to reduce water use in the months ahead.

“Last year was the second-driest year in 90 years, which has critically impacted our reservoir levels,” said Marin Water Board President Cynthia Koehler. “While we hope for more rain in the coming weeks, it’s important that we reach out to the community now before we get to drier weather in the summer. Water use efficiency is our most cost-effective source of supply, and we have a terrific conservation team at Marin Water and a range of programs and incentives to support consumers in conserving water, not just this year but for the long term.”

Marin’s reservoirs saw less than half the average rainfall for this time of year, greatly impacting storage levels which currently sit at 57 percent capacity. This is compared to the historical average of 86 percent for this time of year.

To preserve the limited water supply, Marin is asking customers to voluntary turn off irrigation systems. Or, if needed, to water only by hand no more than three days a week.

The water district is also making important adjustments to manage its tight supply during the drought, including suspending water main flushing, exploring other supply opportunities, and responding to leaks or main breaks as quickly as possible.

For a full list of water conservation tips, rebates and programs, visit, or email Marin Water at

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