Water Supply and Conservation

The DRBC employs a comprehensive water conservation program, which has become an integral component of its broader strategy to manage water supplies throughout the basin. This strategy also includes charging certain entities for the amount of water supply they use.

A core principle of the commission's water conservation program is that water efficiency should be practiced at all times, not just during drought. Reducing water use not only provides significant economic and environmental benefits, but can help avoid or delay the imposition of drought declarations.

DRBC works to ensure that its regulations reflect the latest thinking in the field of water conservation. In 2009, the commission amended its Comprehensive Plan and Water Code to implement an updated water audit approach to identify and control water loss in the basin. The new approach, required to be used starting January 1, 2012, is consistent with methodology considered to be a best management practice in water loss control.

Information on the aforementioned programs can be found at the above links.