Is the City of Riverside in a drought like other California
The City of Riverside receives its water from local groundwater basins, which
are still replenished by rain and snow, though at a lower rate than
normal. Riverside has many years’ worth of water in reserve, while there
is no near-term risk to Riverside’s water supplies, there may be a long-term
What is the State of California doing about the drought?
Governor Brown issued an Executive Order forbidding certain activities and
mandating that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) develop
regulations to conserve 25% of statewide urban water usage between June 1, 2015
and February 27, 2016 as compared to 2013. Information on the Governor’s declaration can be found
What is the difference between groundwater and surface
Surface water includes lakes, rivers, streams, canals and any other source of
water that is located at or near the earth’s surface. Many agencies in
California obtain their water supply from either the California Delta System or
from the Colorado River, both surface water sources.
Groundwater is usually well below the surface (40 feet to over 1,000 feet deep)
and is extracted using wells outfitted with pumps and motors. The City of
Riverside obtains its water from ground water sources in San Bernardino and
Is the City of Riverside trying to conserve water?
The City of Riverside has and will continue to promote water conservation,
which allows the City to grow and prosper while minimizing the cost to find new
Can the City of Riverside provide water to other water
On a short-term basis, Riverside could provide a limited amount of water to
other local agencies. However, Riverside would be constrained by the
water rights set forth by a 1969 settlement agreement as well as by its ability
to convey water.
Where does imported water come from?
Most of Southern California has access to two major sources of imported water,
the Colorado River and the California Delta via the State Water Project.
When Riverside has taken imported water in the past, it mainly came from the