- What time of day should I water?
- Can I receive a rebate for tearing out my lawn?
- How can I report water wasters?
- Does CHWD offer recycled water?
- Can I wash my car?
- Can I fill my pool?
- How can I see my water usage?
Links to Water Conservation Resources
For more water conservation tips, check out these great links:
Water Status Update
With improved rainfall and snowpack totals for our region, SJWD Wholesale water supply reliability is considered to be “Normal” and able to meet all of CHWD’s needs. However as the State’s drought continues, CHWD encourage its customers to voluntarily reduce consumption by 5%-10%. Therefore CHWD’s Board of Directors recently adopted a Stage 2 Water Alert (with a modified voluntary 5%-10% reduction in water use.
Stage 2–water alert voluntary 5%-10% water reduction
- Water shall be used for beneficial purposes only; all unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.
- Water shall be confined to the customer’s property and shall not be allowed to run off to adjoining properties or to the roadside ditch or gutter. Care shall be taken not to water past the point of saturation.
- Free-flowing hoses for all uses are prohibited. Automatic shut-off devices shall be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use.
- Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within five (5) working days or less if warranted by the severity of the problem.
- All pools, spas, and ornamental fountains/ponds shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be constructed to be leak-proof. Pool draining and refilling shall be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations.
- Washing streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or buildings, is prohibited except as necessary for health, esthetic or sanitary purposes.
- Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the District’s water conservation programs and rebates.
- Reduce landscape and pasture irrigation by 5 – 10%. Customers with “smart” irrigation timers or controllers are asked to set their controllers to achieve 90 to 95% of the evapotranspiration ”ET” rate. Drip irrigation systems are excluded from this requirement.
- Reduce indoor water use by 5 – 10%. Contact the District for tips and techniques to reduce indoor water use.
- Users of construction meters and fire hydrant meters will be monitored for efficient water use.
Report Water Waste – Contact Form
If you observe any water being wasted within the CHWD service area, please report it! CHWD will look into these claims. Please fill out the contact form below. All reports will be anonymous. Your name or email address will not be shared.
Water Usage Calculator
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What time of day should I water?
To minimize the amount of water that is lost to evaporation, watering should only take place between dusk and dawn.
Can I receive a rebate for tearing out my lawn?
**NEW**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.
CHWD is currently not offering any rebate for lawn removal. We may consider this option for the future. If you are interested in putting your name on a list for more information on this in the future, please complete the contact form below.
How can I report water wasters?
If you see any water being wasted within the CHWD service area, please report it using our report water wasters contact form. You can also call the District at (916) 725-6873, Option 6. CHWD will investigate these reports and can disconnect water service if necessary.
Does CHWD offer recycled water?
CHWD does not currently offer recycled water to customers.
Can I wash my car?
There are currently no restrictions in place that prohibit the washing of cars. However, free-flowing hoses are prohibited. All hoses must have an automatic shut off valve at all times. CHWD encourages customers to wash vehicles or other equipment at commercial car washes that use recycled or reclaimed water.
Can I fill my pool?
The District requests that pool draining and refilling are specifically for health, maintenance, or structural purposes. For more information, please contact the District at (916) 725-6873.
How can I see my Water Usage?
By simply clicking this link and registering your account number, you can view your past water bills, and find your usage.
Contact Information – CHWD’s Water Efficiency Coordinator
Do you have any additional questions about the drought or conservation? Please feel free to contact Rex Meuer, CHWD’s Water Efficiency Coordinator. Rex has been with CHWD for more than 15 years. He can be reached at (916) 725-6873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.