2016 Drought Update
On May 3, 2016, the Yountville Town Council approved Resolution 16-3338, which extended the drought conditions emergency regulations to October 31, 2016. The resolution can be read here.
On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown called for additional actions and an extension of restrictions in urban potable water use by issuing Executive Order B-37-16. The order can be read here.
Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions
SACRAMENTO - Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.
"Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action," said Governor Brown. "Therefore, I'm issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible."
Links related to Governor Brown's executive order are provided below:
PSA CONTEST Open to High School Students in the Napa Valley!
Water Conservation Programs of the City of Calistoga, City of Napa, Town of Yountville, City of St. Helena, City of American Canyon, Napa County and Napa County Resource Conservation District are sponsoring a video contest for High School Students of Napa County. Prizes are offered to first, second and third place winners. The winning video will be used as a public service announcement at Cameo Cinemas and Century Napa County. The PSA focus is Every Drop Counts – Water Conservation as the new normal for California. How will your life change now that droughts and floods will be more persistent? What does everyday conservation look like to you?
Submission deadline is April 5, 2016
About the Town's Water Supply
Want to learn more about the Town's water supply? Check out our FAQ! We hope these answers make it easy to understand our local water supply and how drought mandates affect Yountville. Please click the below link to view the questions and answers!
Water Conservation Q&A [PDF]
The Town has an agreement with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA) to provide the Town with 500 acre feet of drinking water per year, and more when it is available. An acre foot of water is 325,851 gallons or enough for an average family of four for one year or one acre of land surface covered with one foot of water. The CDVA treats water from Rector Reservoir for the Veterans Home of California, the California Department of Fish & Game and the Town. In an emergency, the Town purchases water from the City of Napa and can use the municipal well that was built in 2005.
Over the past five years, the Town has purchased up to 560 acre feet per year and an average of 516 acre feet per year. The cost of purchasing water from the CDVA has increased by 50 percent in the past four years and the Town has exceeded its 500 acre foot allocation every year for the past 10 years. The Town also spends general funds to purchase water for Town facilities and parks, so it is important to conserve water. The capital improvement program also has projects that will help the Town conserve water and collect revenue.
Click here to view the Town's Agreement with Rector [PDF]
Click here to view the Town's Agreement Amendment [PDF]
On January 17, 2014 the Governor of California officially declared a Drought State of Emergency and has directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions and stated “I’m calling on all Californian’s to conserve water in every way.”
On February 4th the Town Council implemented Phase 1 water emergency limitation regulations and approved a Water Use Efficiency Plan. View the detailed staff report and related information about the Town Council declaring a Phase I Water Emergency. Staff Report 2-14-14 [PDF]
Click here to view the informational handouts sent to all our utility customers.
The presentation below was made by Napa County Flood Control & Water Resources providing up to date information on the 2014 Drought. Click here to view it!
Every Drop Counts-Here's How You Can Help!
- All customers are encouraged to reduce their monthly water consumption by a minimum of 10% from their customary monthly consumption.
- All customers are encouraged to immediately install water saving devices in their plumbing, appliances, or improvements.
- All customers are encouraged to limit the expansion or installation of new water-using appliances, plumbing or improvements, such as lawns, gardens, landscaping, pools, sprinkler irrigation systems, wash-down equipment, larger washing machines or garbage disposal units.
- Customers are encouraged to only wash cars, other vehicles, and other hard surfaces from buckets, with a quick rinse from a hose equipped with a shutoff nozzle.
- The installation of any required landscaping may be deferred with the appropriate deferral agreement.
- All schools, churches, and social and professional groups are encouraged to discuss water conservation as a regular agenda item and to forward worthwhile suggestions to the Town Planning Department for consideration and implementation.
- All people in the Town who are wasting water will be notified by the Town that wasting water is prohibited by Chapters 13.20 and 13.24, and is a sufficient reason for the Town to discontinue service to the customer’s premises.
How Much Water Do You Use?
- Wondering how much water your house uses? Try this handy Water Use Calculator.
- click here for an Interactive Water Saving Home Tour.
- This comprehensive web site is operated by the California Urban Water Conservation Council and provides lots of conservation imformation you may find helpful.
- View the Save Our Water Website This site provides a helpful usage calculator, tips on how to save indoors and outdoors as well as information about the drought and what you can do to help.
- Click Here to View Sprinklers 101 Website