Urban Water Management Plan

Rancheria Falls flowing into Hetch-Hetchy ResevoirThe City of Palo Alto’s Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) was updated in May of 2016. The UWMP incudes an assessment of the reliability of the City’s water sources, an analysis of water demand, identification of alternative water supply sources, a description of water conservation efforts, and a water shortage contingency plan. Every five years, an Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) is prepared and submitted as required to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), per the Urban Water Management Planning Act. The 2015 UWMP and Council Resolution can be found here.

Additional Background and Resources

The City receives most of its water supply from the City and County of San Francisco’s regional system, that is operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Although this water supply is predominantly from the Sierra Nevada,delivered through the Hetch-Hetchy aqueducts, it also includes treated water produced by the SFPUC from its local watersheds and facilities in Alameda and San Mateo Counties.

City of Palo Alto Utilities customers are also a part of Santa Clara County. The City partners with the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to offer residents and businesses a number of free services and rebates designed to assist with using water efficiently.
Tuolumne River flowing into Hetch-Hetchy Resevoir
The City of Palo Alto is a very active member of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). The BAWSCA members, including the City, receive water from the City and County of San Francisco through a contract that is administered by the SFPUC.

Related Websites

Past Urban Water Management Plans and Background Information

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016