The Orange County Registrar of Voters has certified that the petition delivered to the Yorba Linda Water District on October 14, 2015, has a number of valid signatures sufficient to constitute a referendum. As such, the petition will be presented to the District Board of Directors at the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting on November 12, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., for the District’s response.  As always, public input is invited.

We have posted a video of our recent Drought Landscape Workshop for those who were unable to attend. 

In response to Governor Brown’s April 1st Executive Order issuing mandatory water allocations across the State, and the subsequent Regulations approved by the State Water Resources Control Board mandating a 36% reduction for Yorba Linda Water District, YLWD is entering Stage Three of the District’s Conservation Ordinance. 

"This drought is unprecedented," said Board President, Ric Collett.  "Unfortunately, the way this is being carried out, they are going after the smallest piece of the pie.  The water used by residences and businesses is less than five percent of the all the water that falls on the State. The rest is for the environment and agriculture.  But the State is putting this on the shoulders of businesses and homeowners. We're going to have to bare the brunt of this."

Failure to comply with the new State Regulations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day, for each day out of compliance.

Stage 3 of the District's Ordinance limits outdoor irrigation to two days a week during the warmer months until November, when outdoor watering is then limited to one day a week.

"We're all in this together," said Collett.  “Some people have already gone to great lengths to conserve.  Others can do much more."

The Stage Three watering restrictions officially go into place June 1st.  Information on the District's Conservation Ordinance can be found here. 

April 13, 2015

Felicia Marcus

Chairperson, State Water Resources Control Board

Attn: Jessica Bean

1001 I Street, 24th Floor

Sacramento CA 95814


Subject: YLWD Comments on the Mandatory Conservation Proposed Regulatory Framework


Dear Chairperson Marcus,

The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning the impact of this regulation relative to our District, identify policy calculations that disproportionally affect our District’s customers, and finally offer recommendations that achieve the desired results in a fair manner.

YLWD has a 106 year history of serving the region (primarily with groundwater), which has transformed from agriculture to a bedroom community. This change has resulted in large parcels and open spaces, in what is considered arid and rugged terrain that is highly desirable for its scenic beauty. Water use is down significantly from our agricultural days, but is still higher than more densely populated urban areas. We understand everyone’s sense of fairness differs, but comparing residential gallons per capita day (R-GPCD) data without weighing it based upon considerations including land use, precipitation, temperature, and population growth, fails any definition of fairness. On one hand a sliding scale is used to determine YLWD’s Conservation Standard at 35%, but a sliding scale is not used in the calculation of our R-GPCD. Consequently, we feel the draft Standard for YLWD is unreasonable. 

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From Municipal Water District of Orange County:

(Fountain Valley, CA) – Today, at 3 p.m., over one million Orange County residents will receive a call, text or email testing the County’s regional mass notification system, known as AlertOC.  This test will include 26 participating cities and local water agencies throughout the County.

The AlertOC drill will replicate a large scale, regional emergency requiring thousands of residents and businesses throughout Orange County to be called simultaneously.  The phone message will clearly indicate that the message residents are receiving is a test, and it will provide information on how to register additional contact methods, such as cell phone, text message and email.  The regional test message will be delivered in conjunction with a reminder that California is in a serious drought and all residents need to use water wisely.

As part of the AlertOC drill, the County’s emergency public information hotline will be activated from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide preparedness tips, water supply information, water saving tips and other emergency related information. Residents are invited to call 714-628-7085 with questions on how to adequately prepare their home or business for an emergency or how to take actions in response to the State’s emergency drought declaration.

This test exercise is organized by the Water Emergency Response Organization of Orange County (WEROC) in conjunction with Orange County Cities, Water Utilities and the County.  WEROC coordinates emergency response and mutual aid planning for all Orange County water and wastewater agencies.  Emergencies can happen at any time.  The County, cities, and local water utilities in Orange County use the AlertOC system to notify residents and businesses of critical life and health safety information when a disaster occurs.

For more information, or to register additional contact methods, visit  To learn how to save water during this ongoing drought, please visit,, follow us on Facebook at WEROC, or Twitter @OCWEROC.