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Help Keep Woodland "The City of Trees"

As you cut back on water use during this historic drought, you may not realize the impact this will have on your landscape trees. Trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced - and especially when it’s stopped completely - trees will die.


Tree loss is a very costly problem: not only in expensive tree removal, but also in the loss of all the benefits trees provide.

Save Our Water and Our Trees

Your trees provide an immense range of health, energy, environmental, and economic benefits:

  • Trees improve air and water quality
  • Trees provide shade to the landscape and reduce water needs
  • Trees help keep your home cooler
  • Trees slow stormwater runoff and help recharge groundwater
  • Trees reduce soil erosion
  • Trees add value - sometimes thousands of dollars worth - to your home and neighborhood

Trees take a long time to grow. Without helping our trees through the drought, we risk losing these benefits. While the drought may not last long, it can harm or kill trees, and it will take 10, 20, or even 50-plus years to grow trees and get back the benefits.

Legislative Update

  1. City of Woodland
  2. State of California

On May 10, 2021, Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency which included Yolo County. During a drought, taking steps to reduce water usage both inside and outside your home can help conserve water and minimize impacts to availability of water supplies. During this time Term 91 has been in effect, reducing surface water availability from the Sacramento River, where we currently get our water. 

The City has expected this and is prepared for it. The City has stored high-quality, treated surface water in the underground aquifer, using recently constructed Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells. The City also maintains groundwater wells that are blended with surface water to meet supplemental demand. With these two resources available, the City expects to continue meeting all State and Federal drinking water standards during the drought.

While these actions do not affect the availability of water for City water customers, residents are encouraged to continue to conserve water whenever possible. The city asks its water users to voluntarily cut water use by 10% in addition to limiting outdoor watering to 3 days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Doing a little every day to cut back on your water consumption helps reduce the amount of groundwater being used in our systems for all Woodland residents.

The City will issue further drought status updates as conditions evolve. For questions or concerns, contact our Water Conservation program at (530) 661-2067 or email Conserve.Water@CityofWoodland.org.

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In the News

California has come to be defined just as much by the drought as it is by Silicon Valley, agriculture, or Hollywood. Stay up-to-date with drought news with the following Daily News Updates: