The Urban Water Management Planning Act, which became part of the California Water Code with the Passage of Assembly Bill 797 in 1983, requires that every urban water supplier providing water for municipal purposes to more than 3,000 customers, or supplying more than 3,000 acre-feet of water annually, prepare and adopt an Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) and update it every five years. The original plan and all updates are filed with the State Department of Water Resources.
The Act recognizes that water is a limited and renewable resource subject to ever-increasing demands and that conservation and efficient use of urban water supplies is a statewide concern. By directing urban water suppliers to prepare water management plans, the Legislature established a clear policy direction for local water agencies to actively pursue conservation and efficient use of water. Current provisions of the Act require agencies to:
- Include information on the agency’s past, current, and projected water supplies and demands;
- Describe ongoing and planned water conservation measures;
- Provide a water shortage contingency analysis;
- Describe the availability of, and potential use of, recycled water; and
- Provide an assessment over a twenty-year period of water supply reliability under various hydrologic conditions.
State Law dictates the contents and format of UWMP. The District’s plan update is being prepared in accordance with the specific provisions of the Urban Water Management Planning Act. According to Water Code Section 10652, the California Environmental Quality Act does not apply to the preparation and adoption of Urban Water Management Plans.
At the April 26 Commission Meeting, staff presented the Commission with a draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan Update. The Commission received the draft, and directed staff to make copies available to the public and provide proper notification of the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the District’s Board Room.