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Drought Update: On May 9, 2016, Governor Brown signed Executive Order B-37-16 ordering the State Water Resource Control Board to adjust emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017, and to permanently prohibit practices that waste potable water. On May 18, 2016, SWRCB voted to adopt a new emergency regulation that calls for agencies to self-certify their conservation target based off a supply and demand approach, accounting for three years of future drought conditions. OMWD receives 100% of its potable water supply from San Diego County Water Authority, and expects to be notified of its supply by June 15 to allow for self-certification. Once OMWD's conservation standard is confirmed, staff will present the Board of Directors with options as to OMWD’s drought response efforts. Until OMWD’s conservation target is approved by the SWRCB and the board has taken action, OMWD remains at the state-mandated 24% reduction and in a Level 2 Water Supply Shortage.