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Water Shortage Contingency Plan - StagesOn April 7, 2017, the Governor lifted the drought state of emergency for most of California due to the historic rainfall over the winter. This has greatly improved water supply conditions for the state after five years of exceptional drought. Consistent with this action, LVMWD modified the Water Shortage Condition, from Stage 3 – Water Shortage Emergency to Stage 1 – Water Shortage Alert, on April 25, 2017. Customers are urged to continue efficient water use and adhere to mandatory conservation measures.

Read LVMWD's Water Shortage Contingency Plan (PDF)


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LVMWD's Water Shortage Contingency Plan (PDF)

Updated August 15, 2017

July 2017 was a hot month with temperatures mostly in the 90s.  Again the District's use was down 28% compared to July 2013 usage.

Feb 2016 - July 2017 - Water use comparison, 2013 usage to current usage

Updated July 27, 2017

June 2017 brought a range of temperatures from the 70s to the low 90s.  Even with the heat, the District's use was down 27% compared to June 2013 usage.

Updated June 13, 2017

May 2017 was relatively dry and customer usage increased. Compared to May 2013, the District’s use was 13% lower.

November 2015 to May 2017 - graph showing monthly water reduction within LVMWD service area

Updated April 13, 2017

March 2017 was relatively dry and customer usage increased. Compared to March 2013, the District’s use was just 14% lower.  

All-Months Bar Graph March Savings


Updated March 20, 2017

Water use in February 2017 was 42% lower when compared to the base year February 2013.

All-Months Bar Graph-February



Updated March 1, 2017

Water use in January 2017 was 37% lower when compared to the base year January 2013.

January 2017



Updated January 17, 2017

Conservation for the month of December went up to 29% compared to December 2013.

December 2016



Updated November 7, 2016

For the month of October, District-wide water use was reduced by 11.6% compared to October of 2013.




Updated September 19, 2016

For the month of August, District-wide water use was reduced by 13.9% compared to July 2013.  The cumulative reduction from June 2015 through August 2016 compared to 2013 was 25.1%.

Our community continues to do a great job conserving water.

August Conservation

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Updated August 12, 2016

For the month of July, District-wide water use was reduced by 15.7% compared to July 2013.  The cumulative one-year reduction through July compared to 2013 was 26.2%.

Our community continues to do a great job conserving water.


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Updated July 12, 2016

In June, District-wide water use was reduced by 20% compared to June 2013.  The cumulative one-year reduction through June compared to 2013 was 27.3%.

We thank our customers for the tremendous efforts they have made and continue to make to save water during this drought.

Monthly Comparison

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 Updated May 9, 2016

Governor Issues Executive Order on Water Conservation

Governor Brown issued a new Executive Order addressing drought and water conservation policies in California. The Order makes several water conservation measures that were adopted during the drought permanent.  Read the Executive Order

In addition, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposal for new conservation standards that, if adopted, would take effect in June 2016 and remain in effect until January 2017.

State Water Resources Control Board Proposal Summary

These actions are taken in response to the state’s changing water supply situation, regional variations in rainfall and water supply, and are intended to provide local water agencies with more control in managing their respective water supplies.

 Updated December 7, 2015

The forecast is for a strong El Niño event, with heavy rains, and even some flooding in parts of California.  However, experts are cautioning that El Niño will not necessarily end California's four-year drought.

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) prepared this infographic looking at some key drought recovery factors.  This link will open the PDF of the infographic, or click on the image to the right.

 ACWA El Niño / CA Drought Infographic JPG

 Updated December 3, 2015

The District has fallen short of its conservation goals and drought conditions continue.  The once per week potable irrigation limitation takes effect immediately. Outdoor Irrigation Restrictions

However, recycled water customers may continue on the three days per week schedule.

Click here to read the news release. (PDF - 190KB) 



One and Done

Updated October 29, 2015

Aerial video of the Lake Oroville reservoir released by the California Department of Water Resources. In October, Lake Oroville would normally be about half-full, but earlier this month the water level dropped below 30 percent of its total capacity.

Updated June 4, 2015

Dave Pederson-Agoura City Council - 05.27.2015LVMWD General Manager Dave Pedersen provides a drought and water supply update to the Agoura Hills City Council on May 27, 2015.

Similar briefings have been held with the cities of Hidden Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce.


Updated May 4, 2015

The LVMWD Board of Directors has adopted additional water conservation measures.

Click here to read the news release on their actions that include new restrictions on irrigation using potable water.

Updated April 2, 2015

Governor Issues Executive Order on Water Conservation

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order addressing California’s drought situation. LVMWD and its wholesale supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California support the Governor’s actions and urge customers to further reduce their water usage. The District will be issuing a drought-related advisory soon.  

Press Release (PDF - 28KB)

Executive Order (PDF - 3.5 MB)

Conservation Information 

Updated January 30, 2015

Drought Conditions Persist – Conservation Measures Remain In Place

The December rains that brought hopes of drought relief gave way to the driest January on record across much of California.

Water managers are looking with hope to February and March for rain and snow in the Sierras that may help replenish reservoirs that remain well under their average capacities.

Unless more precipitation is received, the 2015 water supply situation will not be good.

In the meantime, conservation measures remain in place. Please be mindful to:

  • Only irrigate on days you are permitted to do so.

  • If it rains, do not irrigate during rainy periods or for several days following a storm.

  • Check to be sure there are no leaks or damaged sprinklers on your irrigation system.

  • Observe good indoor water conservation practices.

Updated October 29, 2014

On Wednesday October 22, LVMWD General Manager Dave Pedersen accepted a proclamation from the Mayor and Agoura Hills City Council calling upon residents to conserve water by reducing irrigation, fixing leaks and  reducing indoor water use.

Click here to read the proclamation (PDF - 415KB)


Updated October 3, 2014

Free Water Conservation Lawn Signs Available

Show everyone your commitment to water conservation with one of these attractive yard signs!

YARD_SIGN_LessWaterHERE_10_2014     YARD_SIGN_SavingHome_10_2014
 YARD_SIGN_UseDown_10_2014    YARD_SIGN_WereSavingWater_10_2014

Click here to read the news release 

Updated August 21, 2014

"Calabasas City Spotlight" - Water Conservation with LVMWD

Updated August 15, 2014

Outdoor irrigation restriction to three days a week is now in effect in response to statewide drought.

Updated July 17, 2014

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Conservation Measures

LVMWD will have further announcements on drought response actions. 

All customers should be observing these conservation measures - click here to review


Updated June 3, 2014

The warm summer months are typically the time of peak water demand, largely due to outdoor usage.
In this time of drought, every water user needs to consider ways to minimize water demand.

  • Reduce the amount of the area you irrigate; remove turf area and replace with water-efficient plants.
  • Water no more than twice each week.
  • Avoid splashing water from pools and consider a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
  • Check irrigation systems for broken or poorly-aimed sprinklers.
  • Repair leaks immediately.

Updated May 21, 2014 

Letters relaying the Governor's Proclamation on Water Conservation mailed to:


Updated April 25, 2014

Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions - click here to read more


Updated March 27, 2014

Click on the link below to watch The City of Westlake Village Video Newsletter.  LVMWD's General Manager, Dave Pedersen, speaks with Ray Taylor, City Manager, City of Westlake Village, about the recent rains and the effects it has on the 2014 drought in California. The City of Westlake Village - Video Newsletter (This link takes you to Vimeo).

March VNL from The City Of Westlake Village, CA on Vimeo.

Updated March 14, 2014

Resolution No. 02-25-2452 was signed at the March 11, 2014 Board of Directors meeting.  Click here to read the resolution.

January 17, 2014

Due to the driest year in recorded history, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency for California and directed officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for the drought conditions.  Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) and its wholesale water provider, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California fully support  the Governor’s action which calls for a voluntary 20% water use reduction.

Despite the record dry conditions, MWD does not plan to impose water supply restrictions this year, although increased conservation will be extremely important.

LVMWD reminds its customers that the following mandatory water restrictions are still in effect:

  1. Irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  2. Irrigation water may not run off your property into streets, gutters or onto adjacent properties.
  3. Irrigation may not occur during periods of rain or in the 24 hours following rainfall of an inch or more.
  4. The washing down of sidewalks, parking areas and driveways is not permitted, unless an approved water broom is used.
  5. A trigger nozzle is required on hoses used for home car washing.

The following enforcement actions apply when a violation of the above restrictions is observed: First violation – notification letter; second violation - $50; third violation - $100; fourth violation - $250; fifth violation – District may install a flow restriction device or terminate service. Refer to Conservation for tips on saving water and rebate programs for miscellaneous water fixtures. For customers considering outdoor water use reduction, the “Mow No Mow” program provides a $1/square foot-incentive for removing turf and transforming yards into California-Friendly gardens.

Governor’s Declaration

News Release from MWD

News Release from California Department of Water Resources

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