Complying with State Drought Regulations

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TDPUD 2017 Drought Update (as of March 1, 2017):

In response to new State of California emergency drought regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on February 8, 2017, and the well-documented fact that there is no local drought emergency, Truckee Donner PUD continues to not need mandatory restrictions on outdoor irrigation with potable water to comply with State law.  Effective March 1, 2017, TDPUD's Board has deactivated our Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Stage 1, Voluntary 10% reduction) and is requesting that customers continue to save water before, during, and after droughts.

 TDPUD reminds the community that the California emergency drought regulations may remain in effect through October, 2017.  This includes the State's ongoing prohibitions against wasting water that include using potable water to wash driveways/sidewalks and irrigation with potable water during and 48-hours after measurable precipitation.  Read on for full details.  We thank our customers and community for their efforts to save water!

Water Supply Reliability Analysis and Supporting Data


NEW TDPUD Board Deactivates Water Shortage Contingency Plan!

Effective March 1, 2017, TDPUD's Board has deactivated our Water Shortage Contingency Plan (Stage 1, Voluntary 10% reduction) and is requesting that customers continue to save water before, during, and after droughts. However, the State has continued the emergency drought regulations and compliance is mandatory and there are provisions for penalties and fines by the State.  You are required to comply immediately with the mandatory regulations.


The key impacts to Truckee Donner PUD customers include:


State of California PROHIBITED uses for potable water:

  • Irrigating that results in runoff
  • Using hoses without a shut-off nozzle to wash cars

  • Washing sidewalks and driveways

  • Decorative water features that do not recirculate the water

  • Using outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation (1/4" within a 24 hour period) 

  • Serving water in restaurants and other food service establishments unless requested

  • Failing to provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily in hotels and motels  

  • Irrigating outside new construction not in accordance with regulations or codes   

  • Irrigating turf on public street medians

Failure to comply with restrictions may result in fines or penalties


To help with enforcement of drought regulations, and prior to filing a formal complaint, the Truckee Donner PUD encourages all customers to talk to their neighbors and let them know about the restrictions on water use.   If you are uncomfortable talking directly with your neighbor, please consider leaving a drought restriction flyer indicating where you believe there is a violation of the rules.  If the violation continues, then you can file a complaint with the Truckee Donner PUD.   Once a complaint has been filed, TDPUD staff will reach out to the alleged violator as a courtesy to make sure that they are aware of the State regulations.  Any repeat complaints or requests for formal enforcement/fines, will be to be filed with a Sworn Officer of the State.  Complaints must be in writing.   Submit complaint via the online complaint form, or print out, complete and deliver to Truckee Donner PUD at 11570 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161.

The new California emergency drought regulations were adopted by the SWRCB on February 8, 2017 and are slated to remain in effect through October, 2017.

The Truckee Donner PUD conservation department is available to help customers save water through their water-efficient toilet rebate/exchange, customer leak-repair rebate, free handouts of low-flow plumbing fixtures and hose-spray nozzles, as well as conservation garden concepts. There are many opportunities to save water, money and live more comfortably. Visit for full program details. For additional information, call 530-582-3931 or visit the Truckee Donner PUD’s conservation department at 11570 Donner Pass Road.

 It is important to note that TDPUD did not experience a water  supply shortage during the drought.  However, we must all comply with the mandatory state emergency drought regulations and everyone should only use the water that they need.

For more information on the drought and actual new regulations, the links below take you directly to the SWRCB website and new regulations.   For additional information, call 530-582-3931 or visit the TDPUD’s conservation department at 11570 Donner Pass Road.



Water Conservation Portal – Emergency Conservation Regulation (SWRCB)

 Rulemaking, Fact Sheets, FAQ


Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Information on snowpack, reservoir conditions, DWR conservation programs

Save Our Water (DWR)
Conservation Tips, Case Studies, Drought Facts, News


Turf Rebate program


Complaint Form 

Emergency Ordinance 2015-06 for Water Conservation

California State Water Resources Control Board Home Page

SWRCB 2015 Emergency Drought Regulations

Drought Regulations FAQ's

Drought Regulations Information Overview Flyer

Water Saving Tips & Education


For media and outreach questions, please contact the Truckee Donner PUD's Public Information Officer:

Steven Poncelet































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