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California Drought

California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record

Severe drought can increase the risks of other disasters such as a wildfire, landslide, or flash flood. Since California’s water supply is scarce, we all need to do our part to become more efficient in our water use.

Water conservation is essential in preparing for current drought conditions. Orange County residents can practice water conservation by reducing the amount of water used indoors and outdoors. For example, two simple ways to save water include repairing pipes that have a leak and turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.

Learn more:

  • Check out residential and commercial water resources at OC Water Smart from Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC).
  • Help your landscape survive the drought with gardening tips from The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s site Be Water Wise.
  • Have your children contribute to your family’s conservation efforts in a fun way by visiting OC Water Hero.
  • Get the facts about California’s drought along with conservation tips and more from the statewide program Save Our Water.
  • Find a list of ways to conserve water indoors and outdoors at’s Drought section.
  • Take a look at American Red Cross’ About Drought page to learn about the different types of drought. 
  • Review current drought conditions at the U.S. Drought Monitor.
  • For updated news and tips on our drought, visit the state’s site.
  • Check out the impacts of California’s drought and numerous maps of its status at USGS California Water Science Center site.

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