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DWR has begun preparations for the 2015 round of Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs). Click here for the 2015 UWMP webpage.

What are Urban Water Management Plans?

Urban Water Management Plans (UWMPs) are prepared by California's urban water suppliers to support their long-term resource planning, and ensure adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future water demands.

Every urban water supplier that either provides over 3,000 acre-feet of water annually, or serves more than 3,000 urban connections is required to assess the reliability of its water sources over a 20-year planning horizon, and report its progress on 20% reduction in per-capita urban water consumption by the year 2020, as required in the Water Conservation Bill of 2009 SBX7-7.

The plans must be prepared every 5 years and submitted to the Department of Water Resources (DWR). DWR staff then reviews the submitted plans to make sure they have completed the requirements identified in the Water Code, Sections §10608– 10656, then submits a report to the Legislature summarizing the status of the plans.

For each round of UWMPs, DWR provides guidance for urban water suppliers. This includes preparation of a Guidebook, workshops, and program staff to assist in preparing comprehensive and useful water management plans, implementation of water conservation programs, and understanding the requirements of the Act.