CA Drought State of Emergency Rescinded; State Prohibitions on Water Waste Remain

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Governor Brown Ends Emergency Drought Regulations After Record Winter


TDPUD Reminds Customers to Save Water Before, During, and After Drought

(Specific watering days are no longer required)

On April 26, 2017 the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) rescinded the water supply stress test requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers.  The action was in response to Governor Brown's Executive Order earlier this month ending the drought state of emergency and transitioning to a permanent framework.  TDPUD is requesting that customers continue to save water before, during, and after droughts and to take advantage of our many water conservation programs.

TDPUD reminds the community that 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 - remain in effect.  Read on for full details.  We thank our customers and community for their efforts to save water.


State of California PROHIBITED uses for potable water include:

  • 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


The Truckee Donner PUD encourages all customers to talk to their neighbors and let them know about the State restrictions on water use.   If you are uncomfortable talking directly with your neighbor, please consider leaving a prohibitions on water waste flyer indicating where you believe there is a violation of the rules.  If the violation continues, you can file an informal 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 need 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 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.

For more information on current water use regulations, the links below take you directly to the SWRCB website.   For additional information, call 530-587-3896 or visit the TDPUD’s customer service at 11570 Donner Pass Road.



California State Water Resources Control Board Home Page


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 

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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