Fall Drought Update

Fall Drought Update

According to weather.gov, the La Nina weather pattern is expected to prevail throughout the remainder of 2022 and drought conditions are likely to persist or worsen through the fall rainy season. The latest data from drought.gov indicates that 99.77% of California is experiencing Moderate to Exceptional drought conditions and Lake County is no exception as most of the county is in the Severe Drought category.

This is a reminder that the City of Lakeport relies on ground water wells in the Scotts Valley area along with treated water from Clear Lake for our City’s potable water needs. Both sources remain vulnerable due to the current and forecasted drought conditions.

The City of Lakeport strongly encourages our customers to conserve water whenever possible—even during the traditional rainy season. Additional water use mandates may be issued in the future and the City would like to remind our customers that the following wasteful water usage practices are currently prohibited per Lakeport City Council Resolution No. 2630 (2017):

  1. Hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes;
  2. Washing automobiles, boats, RVs, etc. with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle;
  3. Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature;
  4. Watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff, or within 48 hours after measurable precipitation;
  5. Irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians

Customers can help do their part in conserving by voluntarily reducing their water consumption.

Here are some simple water-saving ideas you can use at home:

  • Install water-saving showerheads and take shorter showers – five minutes or less
    • Turn water off when brushing teeth
    •  Let lawns go dormant in the summer
    •  Water plants deeply and less often
    •  Flush the toilet less
    •  Check toilets, faucets and pipes for leaks and promptly repair if necessary 

For more water conservation tips and resources, please see the City’s website:


The City of Lakeport appreciates everyone’s assistance in helping to protect our water resources and doing their part!
1 Drought Conditions in CA 10.11.22