Citrus Heights Water District In The Community

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Connecting with Community

At Citrus Heights Water District, we are committed to the communities we serve. We offer several programs that support community engagement and resources that help customers of all ages learn the importance of water efficiency and conservation.

We invite you to join us!

Community Garden Corps

CHWD has acquired plots at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden to showcase water-efficient garden practices. We are looking for volunteers to help us maintain these plots. If you are interested, please sign up for more information below:

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School Programs

Citrus Heights Water District partners with schools within its service area to educate children about the importance of water conservation and how they can help conserve water.

We offer one-hour interactive classroom presentations to demonstrate how students can conserve water every day. The classroom presentations are tailored for grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-8.

The presentation for grades K-3 includes watching a video and learning about the water cycle.

The presentation for grades 4-6 includes watching a video, learning about the water cycle, how water is treated before it reaches our homes, where our water comes from, and water conservation. This presentation also includes an exciting experiment on how dirty water is cleaned.

The junior high presentation (grades 7-8) focuses on a groundwater model that shows how water flows through the ground and the different layers of rock, granite and sand it must travel through. During the presentation, colored dye is injected into the groundwater model to simulate water percolation, and how it travels and spreads through our groundwater supply.

CHWD conducts an annual poster contest in which students in grades 4-6 can submit a poster showing the different ways they conserve water, with a different theme every year.

Winners are announced at a CHWD Board of Directors meeting and receive their framed artwork and a CHWD t-shirt. The first-place winner also receives a $100 award, and runner-ups receive $50 awards. In addition, the teachers of the winners each receive $100 for their classroom.

The winning drawings are included in the annual water conservation calendar for the following year. Watch the video below featuring the winners of 2021-2022 poster contest.

For more information on CHWD’s poster contest, please call (916) 735-7727.

Citrus Heights Water District Events

We believe community involvement makes a stronger community. We invite you to join us in our community events and to attend our monthly Board of Directors meetings.

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WaterSmart Classes

Free WaterSmart Classes

CHWD is committed to helping you learn how to reduce your landscape water usage, lowering your costs. We offer Free WaterSmart Classes virtually via Zoom or in-person at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden. Check out our 2023 class schedule below and stay tuned for registration links.

  • From Greywater to Green Garden: How to Reuse
    Your Home's Water to Help Your Garden Thrive

    Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00pm
    Hosted online via Zoom

Is greywater right for you? Come find out with this course. Learn about the two primary greywater system types, including methods, materials, components, and costs. In addition, the course will cover California code definitions, limitations, and specifics, along with resources for a DIY no-permit laundry to landscape system. Lastly, learn about trees and plants that love greywater, and your local water data source to determine your indoor and outdoor gallons per day usage. The course will end with a Q & A session.

  • Colossal Compost, Miraculous Mulch, Spectacular Soil
    Thursday, May 11 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Hosted online via Zoom

    Compost, mulch, and other horticultural practices applied appropriately will inspire collaboration between your plant’s roots and soil biology to develop a diverse living soil ecosystem where all can flourish. Healthy living soils yield vibrant, drought and pest-resistant plants that require less maintenance and irrigation while reducing or eliminating pest problems. Discoveries to be made while attending this seminar include:

    • Dust off the dirt to reveal the functions of a healthy “living” soil food web and how you fit in.
    • Tools and techniques that allow you to engage with the living soil to help them nurture your plants.
    • Transforming green waste into a resource is best done at home. It’s time to retire that green/organic waste bin. Master how to cook handcrafted compost into the best soil amendment available, and it’s free.
    • Unearth the good, the bad, and the snugly aspects of mulch:
      • How mulch creates a worm and cuddly home for plant roots as well as providing a myriad of other perks.
      • What materials make a good mulch and others best to avoid?
      • Guidelines for mulch application to obtain the maximum benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.

Colossal Compost and Miraculous Mulch will assist you in creating a Spectacular Soil full of happy, healthy, drought and pest-resistant plants, animals, and other yet undiscovered life forms that reside below your feet. Register and attend this seminar so you can transform your dirt into a soil symphony.

  • Get in Line with Drip Irrigation
    Saturday, September 9, 2023 | 10:00 - 11:00am
    In-person at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden
  • Plant into the Hydrozones for Healthy Plants and Water Savings
    Wednesday, September 13, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00pm
    Hosted online via Zoom

    Have you ever impulsively bought a plant and then wondered where to plant it in your landscape?  Stumped on how to choose plants that will thrive together?

    Wondering how often to irrigate?  Hydrozoning is a great design approach that will help plants thrive, save water and take some of the mystery out of irrigation. In this webinar you’ll learn:

    • Tools for knowing the water needs of plants
    • How to identify hydrozones in your yard
    • How to irrigate your hydrozones

WaterSmart Webinar Library

If you missed any of our WaterSmart classes, we offer a library of resources with workshop handouts and class recordings. View them for FREE from our Video Gallery page or subscribe to our YouTube channel and get notified when a new video is posted.

Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

The Citrus Heights Water District Board of Directors meets at least once per month. Click here for information on upcoming Board of Directors Regular meetings.

Customer Advisory Committee

Board of Directors Meeting

To help plan the future of water in our community and ensure that the alternatives considered address the needs and input from the communities we serve, CHWD has formed a Customer Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee works with a technical team to consider options to replace water mains and meters while analyzing key financial and technical issues. For more information on the CAC, please visit here.

Demonstration Garden

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CHWD has developed a demonstration garden to help our customers make water-efficient plant choices. Visit our Garden page to explore the six planter boxes with different landscape themes; from Low Water California Native Plants to Moderate Water Edibles. The aerial garden photo on the page can be used as an education tool to help you choose water-efficient plants for your yard and garden.