California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act (Act) requires urban water suppliers in the state to adopt a Regional Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) every five years. 

The UWMP includes:

  • A forecast of a supplier’s water demands and available supplies for the next 20 years
  • An assessment of the reliability of those supplies during drought.
  • The programs a water supplier has in place to encourage water use efficiency
  • Actions that suppliers could take to reduce demands in times of constrained supply

For the 2020 planning cycle, six agencies in the Coachella Valley collaborated to develop a Regional Coachella Valley UWMP (CV UWMP). The CV UWMP met each agency’s obligations under the Act, and demonstrates a collaborative, consistent approach to managing regional water resources while encouraging water use efficiency.

As part of the UWMP process, each agency also updated its Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP) and are very closely aligned in its response actions for regional consistency. The WSCPs are designed to monitor water supply and regulate delivery and usage during water shortages or in declared drought conditions.  

The WSCPs ensure that our region is drought ready and prepared to address any potential demand shortage. 

The CV UWMP and WSCPs were adopted in June by the 6 agencies and turned in to the Department of Water Resources July 1. 

 To view the final plans, please visit: