Recently, California passed two new laws regarding how we use our water, AB 1668 and SB 606. The laws were created to establish water use standards that will help the state become more efficient and prepare for future droughts. As these were passed recently and are still being developed, we are working to keep our customers updated on what we know now.
On March 23, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-5-23 to reflect the current state of California’s water supply. Executive Order N-5-23 modified the 2022 drought Executive Order N-7-22. The modifications included ending the 15 – 20% water use reduction and ending the requirement to implement stage 2 of water shortage contingency plans.
As a result, Liberty will be moving into Stage 1 of our Water Contingency Plan on August 1, 2023. To view the announcements and what Stage 1 means, please refer to the below resources and FAQs. Look out for updates that may come from us via mail, email, and on our social media pages. We are on Facebook and Twitter.
The National Drought Mitigation Center publishes drought monitor maps each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Liberty is reminding customers of the State Water Resources Control Board prohibited water-use activities.
- No outdoor irrigation runoff
- Use only hoses with shut-off nozzles to wash vehicles
- No washing of hard-surfaced, non-porous areas (buildings, driveways, etc.)
- No use of non-recirculating water fountains and decorative features
- No outdoor watering for 48 hours after measurable rain
On April 26, 2022, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) adopted new restrictions, including the limiting of outdoor watering to one day per week. Liberty is NOT directly impacted by MWD’s restrictions. Liberty will continue to conserve and create programs for our customers to assist in your conservation journey as California continues to face dry conditions and drought.
Frequently Asked Questions
On March 23, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-5-23 to reflect the current state of California’s water supply. Executive Order N-5-23 modified the 2022 drought Executive Order N-7-22. The modifications included ending the 15 – 20% water use reduction and ending the requirement to implement stage 2 of water shortage contingency plans. The modifications did not remove the prohibition on wasteful water use and the ban of watering decorative grass in the CII sector (commercial, industrial, and institutional areas).
Stage 1 is in effect as of August 1, 2023.
Stage 1 is a “Water Alert” where voluntary conservation is encouraged.
Outdoor irrigation is recommended not to exceed three days a week.
- This does not apply to landscape irrigation zones that exclusively use drip-type irrigation systems.
Customers may choose what days they would like to water OR follow the below schedule: Addresses ending in even numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) water on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Addresses ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.
Absolutely! As we have seen, California is experiencing severe weather whiplash and we must continue to make conservation a California way of life.
Liberty offers a variety of conservation programs and resources to help customers use water efficiently. Visit our website at libertyenergyandwater.com to see what programs are currently available or contact your Water Efficiency team for more information.
We recommend starting with having your home or business participate in a free water audit. This will help you assess where you can reduce water and if you have any leaks. To learn more, contact your Water Efficiency team.
Liberty always encourages customers to report water waste by contacting Water Efficiency staff. You may also report water waste HERE.
- Water Efficiency Team
- Email: Conservation@libertyutilities.com
- Phone: Call 800-481-9190 and ask to speak to the Water Efficiency team
- Customer Service
- Email: DLCAAVRCustomerService@libertyutilities.com
- Phone: 800-481-9190
- Water Efficiency Team