On February 27th, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency in California due to at least two consecutive dry winters draining our reservoirs. This will cause local water controllers to initiate water conservation steps. You can easily conserve water.

If you're wondering why Chico would be affected by this emergency, the simple answer is that most of Northern California's water goes to Southern California. While Chico draws most of its water from the Tuscan Aquifer, it can still suffer from drought. One of the major problems with the aquifer is that there is really no knowledge as to how much water supply is available. However, it is well known that extensive irrigation, urbanization, and drier than normal years are taking a major toll on ground water levels.

How to Conserve Water in Chico

  • The biggest way to conserve water is simple: take shorter showers. Depending on your shower head, you can use at least 30 gallons of water for just one 5-10 minute shower!]
    • Install a shower cut-off timer
  • Cut down on grass watering days or don't water at all and replace grass with drought tolerant native species.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
  • Turn off the faucet while soaping up dishes and use the least water possible for rinsing. Sometimes hand washing can be more efficient than using an automatic dishwasher.
  • NOW is the time to fix your drips and leaks!
  • Petition the City Council to cease running the City Plaza fountain during the summer during most days. Fountains bleed off an amazing amount of water simply through evaporation.