Urban Water Management Plan

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The City Council adopted the City of Palo Alto’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan on June 7, 2021. The UWMP includes 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.

On March 7, 2022, the City of Palo Alto Council implemented water use restrictions in Stage I of Palo Alto’s amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan(PDF, 125KB).

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 (Valley Water) to offer residents and businesses a number of free services and rebates designed to assist with using water efficiently. 

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