The Drought


Lake Oroville, located in Northern California, the state's second largest water reservoir and the most important drinking water reservoir for Southern California residents and businesses, in 2015.

As we find ourselves in the fifth year of one of the most severe droughts in California's recorded history, it is important to recognize we are still in a drought, despite less severe drought conditions.  The winter of 2015/2016 received close to normal amounts of precipitation in Northern California, which refilled crucial water reservoirs.  The California State Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has revised State mandated drought regulations through January 2017, but are closely monitoring water conservation levels and the drought situation.

For more detailed information on residential water use for all of California's water suppliers, including the City of Buena Park, click on the Drinc Portal and select from the urban water supplier drop-down list to the right. 

California State Water Resources Control Board

State Water Board Water Conservation Portal - Emergency Conservation Regulation

Current State Water Use Prohibitions:

  • Irrigation of ornamental turf on street medians with potable water supplies
  • Irrigation of new construction with potable water unless drip or micro-spray irrigation systems are used
  • Restaurants to offer drinking water only upon request
  • Hotels and motels to offer guests the option of not having their towels and linens washed daily
  • Prohibit irrigation during and after 48 hours of measurable rainfall
  • Implement water shortage contingency plan containing mandatory restrictions on the number of days of allowable outdoor irrigation

 Frequently Asked Questions

Daily Reservoir Storage Summary 

The Drought Monitor (Western region)

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