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Drought Conditions and Water Conservation




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SLO County Drought Update Link

CA Drought Website Link

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Save our Water Link

County Water Conservation & Drought Hotline

(805) 781-4466            

There are a wide variety of water conservation programs that have been implemented in the County. To view information on various water conservation programs click here.


For rain and stream real-time date monitoring click on the link below: 

About The Drought

A drought is a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water-related problems. When rainfall is less than normal for several weeks, months, or years, the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases.If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought.

On March 11, 2014, the County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution proclaiming a local emergency due to drought conditions in San Luis Obispo County.

Thanks to better winter precipitation, 2016 is California’s wettest year since the drought began in 2012. However, the drought has not ended.  For the fifth consecutive year,dry conditions persist in many areas of the state including San Luis Obispo County, with limited drinking water supplies in some communities, diminished water for agricultural production and environmental habitat, and severely depleted groundwater basins. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, it appears likely that the Central Coast will remain in "exceptional" drought at least until next winter. 

Drought Resource Information Brochure

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) developed a brochure offering an array of information and resources for residents impacted and affected by the current drought.

Click here to access the brochure.

Drought Relief Programs for Rural Residents

The County continues to identify assistance programs to help rural communities, businesses and individuals impacted by California’s ongoing drought conditions. 


San Luis County Drought Task Force

The County Administrative Officer assembled a County Drought Task Force to coordinate drought monitoring, impact assessments, responses to emergency health and safety, and public communication and outreach. The Drought Task Force is comprised of multiple County departments, including: Administrative Office, County Office of Emergency Services, Public Works Department, County Fire, County Agricultural Commissioner, General Services, County Planning and Building, Farm Advisor, County Health Agency, and County Counsel.

Read the latest Drought Task Force update here.

How You Can Help

The joint efforts between the County and its residents will be critical as we continue to take steps to manage the effects of the drought.  The County is taking several actions to reduce water usage in County owned facilities, at County Parks and Golf Courses, at the Airport, in new construction and lease agreements, and with fleet vehicles. The County is now asking members of the public to do their part in water conservation.

The good news is there are many simple ways to reduce the amount of water that we use at home, both inside and outside.  For example, did you know that dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year and leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day?

To learn ways to reduce household water use, indoor and outdoor, please visit