County Drought and Water Shortage Plan
The County of El Dorado and El Dorado Water Agency are developing a County Drought and Water Shortage Plan to help better prepare for droughts and water shortages. Being prepared helps reduce hardships and improves our community’s water supply resiliency.
To assist small water systems and domestic well owners in El Dorado County navigate persistent drought-related challenges, we first identified risks and concerns that need to be addressed by conducting a survey in the fall of 2022. The survey allowed us to seek input on what we can do to better support and prepare for future drought and water shortage-related risks.
The responses received will be used to inform a County Drought and Water Shortage Plan (required by Senate Bill 552) that will address the diverse range of risks that domestic well users in El Dorado County face. This plan will include county- and water system-specific response actions (enacted during drought or water shortage conditions) that address the specific needs of affected residents.
Senate Bill 552 Requirements for Small Water Suppliers and Rural Communities
In September 2021,
Senate Bill (SB) 552 was signed by Governor Newsom and enacted into law. SB 552 includes new responsibilities and requirements at both the state and local levels to help small water suppliers and rural communities reduce their risk of inadequate water supply during a water shortage event. Under the directive of the Board of Supervisors, the County of El Dorado requested the assistance of El Dorado Water Agency to meet SB 552 requirements in coordination with the County’s Environmental Management Department—which oversees the small water systems as the Local Primacy Agency—and the County Public Health Officer—which oversees state small water systems with 5 to 14 service connections.