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In May 2016 the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation.

A now-useless boating speed limit buoy rises from the parched lake bed at Black Butte Lake in Tehama and Glenn counties. Photo: Jason Halley, Associated Press

“Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. These standards require local water agencies to ensure a three-year supply assuming three more dry years like the ones the state experienced from 2012 to 2015. Water agencies that would face shortages under three additional dry years will be required to meet a conservation standard equal to the amount of shortage.” — State Water Resources Board

The City of Corona Department of Water and Power evaluated our water supply availability using the prescribed conditions required in California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Section 864.5. Through this process the City can self-certify that sufficient water supplies are available to meet the water demands of all our customers over the next three years.

Corona is able to meet these conditions as a result of:

  1. The efforts of all Corona residents and businesses in not only conserving during the drought, but for taking action to improve water efficiency that will benefit us today, tomorrow and beyond.
  2. The ongoing conversion of certain potable water customers to the use of recycled water
  3. The availability and reliability of Corona’s groundwater supply in the Temescal and Coldwater Basins.
  4. The determination by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the provider of wholesale imported water to Corona, that they will be able to meet the demands of all its member agencies over the next three years under the same conditions.

As a result of the certification of Corona’s water supply reliability, the City has dropped from a Stage 3 Water Conservation alert to Stage 2.

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