Every Drop Counts. Use Water Wisely
The TCPUD is committed to Making Water Conservation a Regular Way of Life and have responded to California’s severe drought conditions and the increasing demand on TCPUD’s water supply.
Effective September 1, 2021, TCPUD is in Stage 2 – Significant Water Shortage, which applies to all TCPUD water service areas and requires water conservation measures. In addition to Stage 2 water conservation measures, all TCPUD customers shall reduce their water consumption by 15% as compared to 2020.
Water conservation measures in Stage 2 are outlined in Ordinance 291 – “Water Conservation and Drought Response Standards” and implemented through adoption of Resolution 21-29. These requirements are in addition to Stage 1 requirements and include the following water conservation measures:
- Designated irrigation days established – 3 days per week
- Odd addresses irrigate on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday
- Even addresses irrigate on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- No irrigation on Saturday
- Large common areas and public facilities may request alternate irrigation schedules based on specific needs
- Restrictions apply to new construction landscaping and new or rehabilitated vegetation
- Using water on hard surfaces, including driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and athletic facilities shall be prohibited, except for pavement resurfacing or sealing, construction services, and/or public health and safety
- The use of water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water is prohibited
Landscape irrigation represents the largest demand on TCPUD’s water supply, and proactively managing irrigation practices can dramatically reduce water consumption. There are also many other simple ways to have an impact that saves water, replenishes underground aquifers, prepares for the uncertainties of climate change, and minimizes the harmful effects of drought.
TCPUD’s ongoing water conservation requirements are still in effect:
- Repairing water leaks
- Preventing water runoff
- Using automatic shutoff valves and nozzles when cleaning vehicles and other outdoor surfaces
- Installing low-flow plumbing fixtures in new and retrofit construction for residential, commercial, and public structures
- Winterizing landscape irrigation and adhering to specific irrigation times of day, precipitation, and low temperature occurrences.
Implementing water conservation measures is an environmentally sound way to protect and conserve our water resources and ensure the continued supply and reliability of drinking water as well as providing capacity for fire suppression.
Try some of these water conservation measures to help conserve our water resources:
Water Conservation Measure Water Savings
Use mulch around trees and plants 750 to 1,500 gallons/month
Water during cool parts of the day 300 gallons/month
Minimize watering lawns on windy days 300 gallons per watering
Set mower blades one notch higher 500 to 1,500 gallons/month
Replace lawns with drought tolerant plants 5,000 to 20,000 gallons/month
Fix leaky faucets and toilets 110 gallons/month
Install low flow showerheads* 15 gallons/ten minutes
Run full loads of laundry 15-45 gallons/month
Shutoff when brushing teeth/doing dishes 10 gallons/day
Install aerators on faucets* 1.2 gallons/day
Install water efficient appliances 13,000 gallons/year
Use shutoff valves and nozzles for outdoor water use* 15,000 gallons/year
* These items are included in TCPUD’s FREE Water Conservation Kit – visit us today to get yours!
Be sure to also take advantage of the TCPUD water efficiency rebate program for water efficient toilets, dishwashers, clothes washers and smart irrigation controls. Rebates up to $100 are available per appliance/fixture. Find out more here,
For more resources on water conservation, visit www.saveourwater.com
For additional questions call 530-580-6282 or email