The Redlands City Council on Tuesday approved Resolution No. 8225 adopting the Water Shortage Contingency Plan. In 2018, the California Legislature revised Urban Water Management Plan requirements and mandated the inclusion of a Water Shortage Contingency Plan with specific elements.

A plan provides an action plan to prepare for and respond to drought or catastrophic water supply shortages. Water shortages may be caused by water quality changes, climate change, regional power outages and natural disasters.

The state may also declare a statewide drought emergency and mandate that water suppliers reduce deliveries, as occurred in 2014. Redlands’ plan is used to prevent catastrophic water service interruptions during water shortages, with the goal of maintaining a reliable long-range supply of water.

The city’s plan includes:

1. Water Service Reliability Analysis: A summary of Redlands’ water supply reliability that identifies key issues that may trigger a shortage condition.

2. Annual Water Supply and Demand Assessment Procedures: A description of key data inputs, evaluation criteria and methodology for assessing system reliability and the steps to formally declare any water shortage levels and response actions.

3. Six Shortage Stages: Establishes water shortage levels to identify and prepare for shortages.

4. Shortage Response Actions: A description of the response actions that are implemented for each stage to reduce supply and demand gaps.

5. Communication Protocols: A description of communication protocols for each shortage stage to ensure customers, the public and government agencies are informed of shortage conditions and requirements.

6. Compliance and Enforcement: A description of potential compliance and enforcement actions.

7. Legal Authority: A list of legal documents granting the city authority to declare a water shortage and implement response actions.

8. Financial Consequences of Plan Implementation: A description of potential financial impacts resulting from implementing water shortage stages and mitigation strategies to reduce financial burdens.

9. Monitoring and Reporting: A summary of monitoring and reporting techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of shortage response actions. The results are used to determine if additional response actions should be considered or if response actions should be reduced.

10. Plan Refinement Procedures: A description of factors that may trigger updates to the plan and the process to do so.

11. Special Water Features Distinctions: A clarification that water use for decorative features shall be limited unless necessary to sustain aquatic life. Decorative features include ornamental fountains, ponds and other aesthetic features.

12. Plan Adoption, Submittal, and Availability: A description of the process for adoption, submittal and availability after each revision.