Drought Contingency

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Drought Stages & Response Actions For Water Use

Stage 1. 

Municipal/Industrial                                                                                                             Agriculture

 •Continue with mitigation strategies and consider                                     •Continue with recommended conservation  implementaion of the following primarily voluntary                                       programs and mitigation strategies with the conservation measures toward a goal of achieving a                                     goal of achieving a voluntary reduction in    minimum 25 percent reduction in potable water use:                                    potable water use of at least 25 percent.                                                                                                                                                   

  • Restrictions on days or time of day for outdoor watering;
  • Restrications on residential or charity car washing;
  • Limit washing of impervious surfaces
  • Establish water use requirements for local hotels and restaurants;
  • Implement an escalationg rate structure to discourage high water usge;
  • Implement public education and outreach programs;


  • Promote the reuse of watewater and reclaimed water.


Stage 2.

Municipal/Industrial                                                                                             Agriculture


•Reduce no-essential potable water use by 40 percet by implementing restrictions listed in Stage 1 on a non-voluntary basis.

Beef Cattle Production

Crop Production

•Move livestock to available water sources, as needed

•Dryland producers report damage assessments and intiate support from farm and crop assistance programs
•Increase level of health monitoring. •Irrigated producers pursue alternative diversion  point access if diversion  point are impacted by drought conditions.
•Increase predator control. •Divert available water to highes value crops.
•Closely monitor and report range conditions.  
•Promptly report damage assessments to local agriculture office.