What is the Water Shortage Contingency Plan?

Similar to water suppliers of a certain size in California, the City of Petaluma is required to maintain a plan to ensure we will meet water needs over the next 20 years. This plan, updated every 5 years, is called the Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). In addition to planning for normal water years, the UWMP includes projections for drought conditions, like those we are experiencing now. These conditions are addressed through a multi-stage Water Shortage Contingency Plan. We are now in Stage 4 of the City’s Amended 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan, designed to reduce our city’s water usage by 30% through mandatory restrictions.

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