Our Region is Still in a Drought!
Despite recent rains, the City of Monrovia continues to be in a serious drought condition and remains under Phase IV Water Regulations.
Find out more information about the emergency regulations currently in place as well as what you can do to help save water at the links below.
Water conservation is a community effort, and we all have an important role to play in using water wisely.
The Drought Is Not Over for Us
Watch this video showing how low rainfall in our region has led to dangerously low groundwater levels.
Monrovia gets its water from the underground aquifer known as the Main San Gabriel Basin. This Basin is near historic lows following years of drought, making water conservation critical for our region.
Who is the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster and why do they control our region's water?
Watch the video below to learn more about the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster! Despite the above-average rainfall this past winter, it is critical for our region to continue to conserve water. Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster Executive Officer, Tony Zampiello, issued a press release on February 21, 2019, saying, "It is critical that residents maximize all opportunities to conserve water, even in wet years to preserve long-term, local sustainability of our water supplies”. Zampiello also said that “the simplest way to relate to the Basin is to picture a piggy bank – we have been taking from the bank for over five years and now it is time to start putting it back”. “Remembering that even though the hillsides are green today, the water stored beneath our feet is our future." You can read the full press release here.
Sustainable Landscape Recognition Award Program
Help promote water conservation by showcasing sustainable landscaping! Through this new program, residential water customers may enter their sustainable landscape for a chance to be recognized by the City. Applicants may also nominate a neighbor's sustainable landscape. In addition to being recognized by the City, winners will receive a $25 credit on their water utility bill! To enter in this program:
- Applicants must be a City of Monrovia residential water utility customer.
- The drought-tolerant area should be in the front yard visible from the street.
- No more than 50% of your landscape should be turf.
- No more than 30% of your landscape should be non-permeable, such as concrete.
Only one winner will be selected to be recognized by the City, and receive the $25 credit on their water utility bill.
Complete an application online or fill out and return a paper application. Be sure to submit a maximum of three photos to: City of Monrovia Public Works Department, 600 S. Mountain Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016. For more information about this new program, water conservation, and how you can help, call (626) 932-5575.
- Water Conservation Emergency Regulations
- Water Conservation Events
- Report a Water or Water Waste Issue
- Simple Tips for Conserving Water
- Landscape Regulations
Water Conservation Resources
- Save Our Water - A statewide program aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use.
- Be Water Wise - Water conservation information from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
- SoCal Water$mart - Information on residential and commercial rebates to help conserve water.
- Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District - Upper District hosts many educational and outreach events.
- CA Urban Water Conservation Council - Reducing Water Use At Home