Urban Water Management Plan

In 1983, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 797, referred to as the Urban Water Management Planning Act requiring every urban water supplier serving more than 3,000 customers, or providing more than 3,000 acre-feet of water annually, to prepare and adopt an Urban Water Management Plan every five years. The Act requires urban water suppliers, including the Menlo Park Municipal Water, to describe and evaluate their water supply sources and reliability, how delivery will be prioritized in the event of a water shortage, what measures are and will be taken to improve efficient uses of water, and other relevant information over the next 20 years.

Urban Water Management Plans must:
  1. Assess the reliability of water sources over a 20-year planning time frame
  2. Describe demand management measures and water shortage contingency plans
  3. Report progress toward meeting a targeted 20 percent reduction in per-capita (per-person) urban water consumption by the year 2020
  4. Discuss the use and planned use of recycled water
The information collected from these plans are useful for local, regional, and statewide water planning.

Menlo Park Municipal Water is required to update and submit its urban water management plan to the State Department of Water Resources every five years. Compliance with the Act is necessary to be eligible for State grants, loans and drought assistance. The City Council adopted the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan in May 2016.

In April 2020, the City Council approved an agreement with EKI Environment & Water, Inc. to develop the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan.

Proposed activities


Date Activity
April 2021 City Council study session to discuss the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan
Late April / Early May 2021 Draft 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan available for public review
May 23, 2021                         City Council public hearing to adopt the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan