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Crescenta Valley Water District’s Limited Supplies

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The Crescenta Valley Water District’s (CVWD) mission is to provide dependable and high quality water service to customers in La Crescenta, Montrose, and portions of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge. CVWD has two supplies of water, local and imported. About 60% of our demands are satisfied by local supplies with the balance made up by imported water.

CVWD local supplies are from the Verdugo groundwater basin. Water that falls within our local watershed and community infiltrates and recharges the groundwater basin. The water is then recovered using groundwater wells. The water is first treated and then pumped to our homes. The recent drought has impacted local supplies as a result of the reduced rainfall. There is something everyone can do to help improve our local supplies. Consider reducing the hardscape around your home or diverting your rain gutter to areas of your yard where the water can infiltrate into the ground. CVWD is looking at ways to further recharge storm water to improve our local supplies.

Imported water supplies are from Foothill Municipal Water District, a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The water is imported from both the Colorado River and the California State Water Project. The reliability of imported supplies has been reduced by the continued drought throughout the region resulting in an imposed allocation of those supplies.

California is in an unprecedented fourth year of a drought. There simply is not enough water to meet the needs of everyone. On April 1, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first ever executive order (Order) with mandatory reductions in water use. The Order mandates the State Water Resources Control Board to implement statewide mandatory water reductions by 25% with areas that have higher per-capita water use required to achieve greater reductions. For CVWD, the mandated water use reduction is 24%. Should customers not conserve, CVWD could be subject to civil liabilities of up to $10,000 a day. Property owners could also be subject to fines of up to $500 a day for failing to conserve water.

However, many CVWD customers have already cut their water usage significantly and have set a good example for our community to follow. In June 2015, CVWD customers achieved 29% conservation by reducing water use by 1.4 Million Gallons per Day (MGD), less than the District’s June 2013 water usage.

Customers can reduce their indoor water usage by 1) Fixing household leaks promptly; 2) Replacing their old toilets with high efficiency toilets; 3) Using high efficiency clothes washers and always doing full loads of laundry; 4) Reducing showering times to five minutes or less; 5) Turning off the water while brushing teeth or shaving.

Reducing outdoor irrigation is key to our community saving the most water. Outdoor water usage accounts for approximately 60% of the water used in most single-family homes.

Customers can reduce their outdoor water usage by 1) Replacing lawns with native landscape; 2) Using smart irrigation controllers and efficient sprinkler nozzles; 3) Mulching around plants; 4) Leaving grass two to three inches longer to shade the roots.

Remember, outdoor watering is only allowed two days a week, Tuesday and Saturday, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Please visit to learn more about our water conservation and water conservation rebates that are available.

2700 Foothill Blvd.
La Crescenta, CA  91214  
(818) 248-3925

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