Did You Know?

Folsom is a relatively small reservoir with a very high refill potential; its watershed is roughly three times its size. In other words, in a normal year, the Bureau of Reclamation cycles through enough water to fill Folsom 2-3 times.

Citrus Heights Water District does not control releases from Folsom Reservoir.  There is a federal and local agreed upon amount of water Folsom should hold during the rainy months, from the end of November through the end of February, in order to save room for that large Sierra runoff.

The goal is to strike a balance with multiple purposes without compromising public safety and the protection of property downstream. The US Bureau of Reclamation considers these agreements, along with other operational demands, as well as the latest forecast/current conditions to help inform its release decisions.



Now that the rainy season has begun turn off the sprinklers or irrigation system completely and water only when necessary.  To save even more water use a broom or rake to get leaves off sidewalks and driveways.

Sweep your sidewalks instead of hosing them off.

Sweep your sidewalks instead of hosing them off.



Under Stage 2, there will be a voluntary 5% – 10% reduction in landscape and pasture irrigation as well as indoor water use. Customers with “smart” irrigation timers or controllers are asked to set their controllers to achieve 90% – 95% of the evapotranspiration “ET” rate. Drip irrigation systems are excluded from this requirement. Contact the District for tips to reduce indoor water use.

Please note the following restrictions:

  • Water is to be confined to the customer’s property and should not run onto adjoining properties, the roadside ditch, or gutter.
  • All hoses are required to have an automatic shut-off device attached to prevent free-flowing water when not in use.
  • Pool draining and refilling as well as washing streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or buildings is prohibited except as necessary for health, maintenance, structural, or sanitary reasons.
  • Any fountain or decorative water feature must use recirculated water.

CHWD customers are encouraged to take advantage of the District’s water conservation programs and rebates.



Paying your bills

Paying BillsWe offer many options for paying your bills:


The State of California is offering a cash for grass program. For information on this program visit http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/ This program is not affiliated with CHWD.