Will El Niño end the drought?
El Niños are difficult to predict, so no one knows for sure how much rain we will receive this winter. But, due to the past four years of drought, California has a severe rain deficit which one season of heavy rain is unlikely to fix. The higher temperatures El Niños typically bring could hamper the snowpack which we rely upon, and heavy rains mean large amounts of water will simply flow into the ocean. So even though we will likely see increased precipitation from December – March, it probably won’t end the drought.

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1. Why did I receive a Custom Water Report and what does it mean?
2. What does “Estimated 2015-16 Water Target” mean? If I go over this target, will I be charged? Will my water be shut off?
3. Why is my conservation target the same amount as I used in 2013?
4. I moved here after 2013; what will my target be based on?
5. What if I have more/less people in my household since 2013? Will my estimated target be different?
6. If Poway is fined $10,000 a day for not conserving 32%, how much will I be charged?
7. Why is the City raising water and sewer rates even though residents are conserving?
8. Why aren’t higher water users charged more for water?
9. Why should I be fined when I see the City watering all the time?
10. My street’s average is really high; can you make my neighbors lower their usage? Why should I conserve when they’re not?
11. What is the City’s plan if they continue to not meet the goal? Will there be further restrictions?
12. Why is the lowest water target 22 units?
13. What if I have a pool/spa?
14. Are there any rebates to help reduce my usage?
15. Will El Niño end the drought?