On January 17, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in California. According to the United State Geologic Survey, Water Year 2014, which ended September 30, 2014, was the warmest and the third driest in 119 years of record. It is the responsible of all public agencies to work together with all water users to conserve and protect California's precious water resources.

The County of San Mateo has a number of projects and programs in place to protect both the quantity and quality of its freshwater, groundwater, and stormwater resources. These include:

  • The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Program: A partnership of the City/County Association of Governments, each incorporated city and town in the county, and the County of San Mateo to reduce the pollution carried by stormwater into local creeks, the San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Groundwater Protection Program: A service of County’s Environmental Health division to protect underground water supplies and surface waters from chemical pollution.
  • Land Use Septic and Wells Program: A service of County’s Environmental Health division which regulates septic systems, individual water supplies, and individual sewage disposal systems.
  • Recreational Water Quality Program: A service of the County’s Health System to make sure that it is safe for citizens to use public swimming pools and beaches.
  • Small Drinking Water Systems Program: A service of the County’s Health System that ensures State small drinking water systems provide safe drinking water in adequate supply and delivered under adequate pressure.

The County is also dedicated to conserving water at its municipal facilities, which includes the installation of water conserving fixtures and sustainable landscaping practices.

Local water agencies-in coordination with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) dedicated preserving a reliable and high quality water supply. County residents and businesses may also qualify for a number of rebates aimed at water conservation. For a list of local water agencies go to this link or visit BAWSCA's website.


For more information about the drought in California and ways you can help conserve water, check the following resources: