Water Efficiency

FREE Irrigation Review
Water Conservation Stages
Water Conservation Tips
2017 Water Innovations Conference Summary

Water Conservation Stages


The CHWD Board of Directors recently changed the Districts water conservation Stage from a Stage 2 Water Alert to a Stage 1 Normal Water Supply. This means that the District’s water supply is able to meet all the water demands of its customers in the immediate future.

In order to meet the Stage 1 Water Conservation goals CHWD customers should take the following steps to use water efficiently:

  • Water is to 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 must 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.

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

For additional information about water conservation, please contact the District at (916) 725-6873.


Water Conservation Tips

Water use outside the home can account for more than 60 percent of the water we use. For most customers, the most effective way to meet the requested 20% reduction is to greatly reduce or discontinue outdoor watering at this time.. Here are some simple things you can do to conserve water now and year-round.

Water your landscape only when needed – Most experts recommend infrequent deep watering to promote a healthy landscape and efficient watering. Reduce your watering time and frequency during cooler weather and during the spring and fall when days are shorter. Most common landscaping will survive during winter months with your irrigation system shut off entirely. If you must water, do so infrequently and monitor your watering to prevent overwatering and run-off.

Mow your lawn longer – Keeping your lawn a little longer (about three inches high) during summer months will keep it healthier because there is more surface area on the grass and the longer blades help reduce the amount of water it needs by providing more shade to the soil. This is also the best time to mulch your lawn, rather than bag mow, as it will provide additional shade and reduces the amount of water your lawn needs.

Mulch those flower beds – Applying mulch to plants and shrubs will help to keep the soil cooler in the summer months ahead, and reduce water evaporation.

Know your plants – Read the instructions on how to most efficiently water your shrubs and plants and adjust your watering as needed. Most shrubs and plants – particularly rose bushes – require significantly less water than your lawn.

Check for and fix leaky pipes – Leaks in your system will cost you money. Leaks commonly include running toilets and broken sprinkler heads. Inspect your pipes, both indoors and outdoors, for evidence of leaks. If any are leaking, we ask that you repair them immediately, saving you both water and money. A continuous leak from a hole as small as ¼ inch in diameter would waste more than one million gallons of water in three months.

Please note that the following graphic is for comparative purposes only. Due to differences in computer monitors, the circles on the graphic do not represent actual sizes.


Fix leaky toilets and faucets – A faucet dripping at the rate of only one drip per second will waste 34 gallons of water in a month’s time.   Toilets that leak and run continuously will waste considerably more water.   Fixing these leaks will save water and money.

Install ultra-low-flush or high-efficiency toilets – If your home or business does not already have water-efficient toilets, now is great time to consider having them installed.   CHWD offers rebates to help offset the cost, and these toilets can save the typical household up to 650 gallons of water each month.

Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full

To hand wash dishes, don’t let the water run out of the tap. Instead, fill one side of the sink with warm soapy water and fill the other side of the sink with rinse water. This will save 2.5 gallons per minute.

Take a shorter shower. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save 2.5 gallons per minute if you have a water-efficient showerhead. And if you don’t have a water-efficient showerhead, now is a great time to get one.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave.

Know the location of your main shut off valve – If a pipe bursts, you will be able to shut off the water immediately. If a pipe bursts and you are unable to shut off the water, call CHWD at (916) 725-6873 for assistance.

Look for creative ways to reuse water. IFor example, old water from a fish tank can be used to water plants. Changing out the water in your pet’s water dish? Use that old water to water a household plant.

For information about the District’s free irrigation analysis offer, click here or call (916) 725-6873 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the following links for more water conservation information and tips. 

2017 Water Innovations Conference Summary

As part of an ongoing effort to stay current on research, emerging technologies and operational best practices for delivering safe water, Hilary Straus, General Manager and Rex Meurer, Water Efficiency Supervisor, recently attended a WaterSmart Innovations Conference and came back with these highlights from the conference sessions. Please click the link below.

2017 WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition Report