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Achieving 20X2020 Water Conservation Targets

Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 84
Department Name: Department of Water Resources
Bond Statute: 75041
Implementing Statute: Water Conservation Act of 2009

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Senate Bill X7-7, enacted in November 2009 requires the state to achieve a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use in California by December 31, 2020. The state is required to make incremental progress towards this goal by reducing per capita water use by at least 10% on or before December 31, 2015. The bill also mandates additional water conservation, measurement, and reporting activities for urban and agricultural water suppliers. Department of Water Resources (DWR) is tasked with revising funding criteria to make non-compliant water suppliers ineligible to receive state grants and loans after July 1, 2013. DWR is also tasked with updating DMM’s, initiate landscape conservation programs, deploy technical advances in water conservation, and provide other technical assistance.  DWR’s Water Use and Efficiency Branch is leading the effort to implement those actions in coordination with several entities as specified in the law namely, California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC), Agricultural Water Management Council (AWMC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Bay Delta Authority (CBDA) or its successor agency, and State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

Section 10608.60(b) of the bill authorizes the expenditure of funds made available by Section 75041 of the Public Resources Code, consistent with Division 43 (commencing with Section 75001) of the Public Resources Code and upon appropriation by the Legislature, for direct expenditures to implement Part 2.55, Division 6 of the Water Code, Sustainable Water Use and Demand Reduction.

Funds authorized under Chapter 4 of Proposition 84 for water conservation activities will be used primarily by Department of Water Resources (DWR) staff, with a small portion for contracts for consultants to complete specific, short-term tasks related to the work described above. Stakeholder committees will be formed to help DWR guide the processes. Internal weekly matrix project team meetings will be held with key DWR staff to maintain communication and coordination, monitor work progress towards the stated objectives and schedule, and resolve any issues. On a continuous basis the program manager will review the status of budget expenditures by program components, to ensure that annual budget allocation is not exceeded.  All projects will be tracked in Microsoft Project. The program manager will also oversee all consultant contracts and review invoices to verify that deliverables are acceptable, and the work is completed to the satisfaction of the DWR. Program status, issues and accomplishments will be regularly reported to DWR management.  Progress on Legislative Reports and other project scoping reports and activities will be posted on the SB X7-7 WUE website on a continuous basis as each project proceeds.


Department of Water Resources (DWR) shall review 2010 and 2015 UWMPs and report to the Legislature on or before December 31, 2016 on the progress toward achieving a 20 percent reduction in urban water use and the status of the UWMP’s.

DWR will report semi-annually to the bond accountability website on progress. Department of Finance, Office of State Audits and Evaluations will perform periodic audit of expenditures.

Outcomes from the ITP, Methodologies, and Baseline Criteria will be reported in Legislative Reports.

Other project scoping reports and all materials and final materials pertaining to all projects will be posted on the SB X7-7 WUE website.

DWR/WUE will report the outcomes of workshops and technical assistance provided regarding the State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, development of plumbing code standards, water use measurement, and 20x2020 water use reductions.

An online submittal tool will be posted on the DWR website for water agencies to submit their water management plans and other reporting requirements of SB X7-7.