The US Bureau of Reclamation issued the first "Level 1" shortage declaration for Lake Mead on the Colorado River on August 16, 2021, in response to low storage levels in the Colorado River system. This historic declaration triggers water cuts for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico beginning in October 2021.
Padre Dam and the San Diego region are continuously working to further increase water supply reliability, diversity and efficiency. The East County Advanced Water Purification Program is our largest effort towards increasing reliability. This program will provide approximately 30 percent of East County’s water supply by 2025. This Program will enhance the San Diego Region’s water supply reliability and help ensure we can continue to have a sustainable water supply through future droughts.
Although the San Diego region has adequate water supplies, the worsening drought conditions around the State are a reminder to all to avoid wasting water and use all water wisely. Padre Dam customers qualify for water savings rebates and incentives for appliances, irrigation and landscaping. Water Efficient classes are also available to residential customers. Find out more about these programs here.