On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown ended the drought state of emergency in most of California (except in the counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Tuolumne). While the drought emergency has been lifted, the state prohibitions against water waste are still in effect.
Provost Persis Drell issued a letter to the campus community on April 11, 2017, which acknowledged the excellent community response to the drought and lifted the two day per week domestic watering restriction and the 25% reduction of non-potable irrigation water. She emphasized that water conservation is a way of life in California and at Stanford. It is important that Stanford continues to sustainably manage water resources to be prepared for California’s cyclical weather patterns that are prone to drought and to maintain water supplies for our growing campus.
Thanks to the effort from groups and individuals across campus, the university saw extensive reductions in both potable and non-potable water use during the drought.
More Information on the Drought
You can also find information at California's Save Our Water web page or the State Water Board's Emergency Conservation web portal. Need ideas on how to reduce your water use? Check out our conservation tips.