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Water Conservation

Toilet Rebate Program Discontinued Effective November 1, 2021

Since 2010, The City's local toilet rebate program has assisted residents and businesses in replacing over 600 older, water guzzling toilets with more water efficient units. The City's rebate program will come to an end effective November 1, 2021. All completed rebate forms must be submitted to the City's Water Conservation Division prior to November 1, 2021. Regional toilet rebates, as well as other water-saving device rebates, will continue to be available through the Municipal Water District of Orange County at www.ocwatersmart.com 

Drought Information

On October 19, 2021, Governor Newsom declared a drought emergency for all counties in the state. While water conservation continues to be a California Way of Life and Orange County has distinguished itself as a leader in water use efficiency, residents are asked to abide by the year-round measures stated below to avoid water waste and voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent from their 2020 water use levels. Through water saving programs and simple lifestyle changes, you can make a difference. During these dry conditions, let's all continue to do our part to use water wisely.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Make water conservation a way of life! Californians on average use 30-60% of their water outdoors. Focus water-efficiency efforts to save water by managing your landscape with such things as drought resistant plants, sustainable gardening practices and careful application of irrigation water.

Take advantage of the generous REBATES available to upgrade appliances to water-efficient models. Save water and money!

The top tips for saving water are:

Watch the watering schedule! More water is wasted in sprinkler systems than anywhere else. Water your lawn 1 to 2 days a week and save up to 840 gallons per week.

Check your toilets for leaks! Sneaky plumbing malfunctions can waste hundreds of gallons a day. Replace worn flappers to avoid water loss.

Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes and save up to 50 gallons per week.
 
Watch the running water – turn off water features unless they recirculate.

Turn water off while brushing teeth and shaving and save up to 2.5 gallons per minute.

Wash vehicles using as little water as possible and use a shut off nozzle.

Repair plumbing and sprinklers promptly; ensure water runoff isn't leaving your yard and save up to 20 gallons per day.

Clean paved surfaces and structures using a broom.

Pool covers reduce evaporation by 90%, limit windblown debris, and conserve energy. Cover your pool and spa and save up to 281 gallons per week.

Turn off the pool automatic fill valve.

More information on saving water can be found HERE.

Resources:

Regional rebate information: http://www.ocwatersmart.com (indoor and outdoor efficiency upgrades)

To learn easy, practical ways to save water, visit: http://saveourwater.com/.

California friendly and drought tolerant plants: http://www.bewaterwise.com/

Click HERE for a plant catalog of California friendly and drought tolerant plants.

Click HERE to explore beautiful, sustainable, climate-appropriate, drought-tolerant plants, trees, and grass that thrive in Orange County and add your favorite plants to a private list that you can print and take to your favorite nursery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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