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Drought Update and Conservation Tips
Posted Date: 3/5/2014 2:00 PM

water drop v150California is experiencing one of the driest winters on record that, coupled with several consecutive winters with less than expected rainfall, has led Governor Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency. Mill Valley receives water primarily from the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), and while recent storms have improved the water supply situation, the drought is still with us and certainly a serious issue.

At its March 3, 2014 Regular City Council meeting the Council received a presentation from MMWD representatives and received a report on the City’s response plan to the drought.  The City of Mill Valley has had a long-standing water conservation program and continues to make significant efforts to conserve water resources while maintaining the high level of services and quality indoor and outdoor facilities that Mill Valley residents enjoy on a daily basis.

To learn more about the current water supply and the City’s water conservation efforts, please download the Staff Report: Drought Conditions and Water Conservation Efforts.

To view the presentation given to the Council on March 3, 2014, please use the following link: March 3, 2014 City Council Meeting, Item No. 8.

MMWD's top three recommendations to conserve water:

  1. Turn off your irrigation system and water plants only as needed.
  2. Fix dripping faucets, running toilets and other leaks. Based on the experience of MMWD's conservation staff working in the field, about one third of homes have undetected water leaks. See MMWD’s instructions on how to find leaks.
  3. Replace your high-water-use toilets, clothes washers and irrigation controllers with new water-efficient models and get a rebate from MMWD.

Additional information and resources:

  • Attend the free "Graywater Workshop" set for March 15 – an Educational session focused on irrigation systems for homeowners. The workshop will be at 9:30 a.m. March 15, in the Tamalpais Room at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael. For more information, call 415-473-6907.
  • Attend the workshop "Reducing Water Use in Your Edible Garden" - Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014 - 10am to 3pm at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale - For more information contact Amy Ridout at 415-720-2051 or
  • Please visit the MMWD “Think Blue Marin” blog to learn the Top Ten Ways to Save Water.
  • Sign up for drought updates from the MMWD.
  • Calculate your home water use
  • Business owners: Schedule a free, onsite water-use assessment.

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