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Frequently Asked Questions: Drought Mitigation Plan vs. Water Efficiency Plan


Drought Mitigation Plan vs. Water Efficiency Plan 

Program Area

Water Management 

Specific Program

Drought Planning 

CWCB Section

Office of Water Conservation & Drought Planning 


What is the difference between Drought Mitigation Planning and Water Efficiency Planning?


It is common to confuse drought mitigation planning and water efficiency planning.
  • The goal of drought mitigation planning is to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water in an amount sufficient to satisfy essential needs. Drought response measures can include mandatory restrictions on certain water uses, water allocation or the temporary use of an alternative water supply. These measures are intended to be temporary responses to water supply shortages.
  • The goal of water efficiency planning is to achieve lasting, long-term improvements in water use efficiency. Water efficient measures can include managing landscape irrigation, implementing efficiency based water rate structures, replacing or retrofitting water fixtures and similar efforts.
Created at 6/30/2010 12:50 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 7/25/2016 9:07 AM  by System Account