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Conservation Resources

In response to the ongoing drought in California, on May 24, 2022, following the Governor’s direction, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) adopted an emergency regulation (Resolution No. 2022-002) effective on June 10, 2022, that includes the following requirements: 

  • Commercial, industrial, and institutional decorative grass should not be watered
  • Provide trees with only the water they need, avoid overwatering
  • Follow the local requirements of your water supplier
  • All urban water suppliers should implement all Level 2 demand reduction actions by June 10, 2022

On June 28, 2022, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution declaring Water Conservation Stage 2 – Drought Alert according to the Water Conservation Program Ordinance No. SD 15-04. To promote water conservation and follow the State emergency regulation asking all Californians to reduce their water usage by up to 20%, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works, Special Districts Water and Sanitation Division (Division) will be implementing the restriction of outdoor irrigation through the use of an outdoor watering/irrigation schedule. As of October 24, 2022, outdoor landscape watering shall be reduced to a maximum of three (3) days per week. In order to ensure adequate water system storage and pressure for fire flow protection, the Division has staggered the watering days according to property address. Please refer to the enclosed watering schedule for the days on which outdoor landscape watering will be permitted.

  • For the period of April 1st through October 31st, residential landscape watering or irrigation shall only occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Parks, golf courses, cemeteries, and school grounds shall irrigate between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Indoor Water Use

Indoor Water accounts for about 40% of all water used in a residential home and can often be one of the easiest places to curb your usage, saving you money on your water bill. Simply turning the water off while brushing your teeth, making sure there is a full load when washing your clothes or dishes, or re-using a water glass can save thousands of gallons each year! Finding and fixing leaks early can also cut water use by as much as 13.7%! Explore the resources below for ways you can save.

Pie chart demonstrating various indoor uses of water

Tips for Checking for Leaks in Your Home

Using Your Water Meter to Find a Leak

One of the quickest places to determine if you have a leak occurring in your home is at your water meter. After turning off all of the water in your home, if the water meter is still running, you will know there is a leak occurring. 

  • Before beginning, be sure to turn off all of the water both inside and outside of your home.
  • Write down the full read on your water meter.
  • Wait at least 15 minutes and compare your reads to determine the amount of water (if any) that has passed through the water meter.
  • If you have turned all water sources off (ice maker, air conditioner, etc.) and the meter read is greater that the initial read, then you may have a leak.

Checking a Toilet for Leaks

Did you know that replacing an older, inefficient toilet with a WaterSense labeled model can save 13,000 gallons per year and nearly $2,400 in water use and water waste over the lifetime of the toilet?

Toilets are regularly the most common source of leaks in a household and can often be the easiest to fix. 

  • Open the toilet tank located in the back of your toilet.
  • Add dye tablets or a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.
  • Do not flush the toilet for 15 minutes.
  • Return to the toilet to see if there is any color in the main toilet bowl.
  • If there is color in the bowl, you probably have a leak that will require additional investigation.

Since most toilet leaks are the result of a faulty flapper valve, below are a few steps for replacing the most common flapper types:

  • Open the toilet tank located in the back of your toilet.
  • Add dye tablets or a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.
  • Do not flush the toilet for 15 minutes.
  • Return to the toilet to see if there is any color in the main toilet bowl.
  • If there is color in the bowl, you probably have a leak that will require additional investigation.

Kids Corner

Ecological Footprint

Ever wondered what impact you have on the planet or maybe how much “nature” supports your lifestyle?

Try completing the ecological footprint quiz and find out how you’re doing and ways you can help!

ecological footprint

Test Your Watersense

Think you know a thing or two about water? Try moving our water-efficiency hero, Flo, through pipes, answering water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters.

The Cycle of Water

The earth is composed of about 70% water, but only 1% of that water is in a form usable by humans and all other forms are stuck in places like the ocean, ice caps, deep in the ground, or even within you and me. So if we can only use a small amount of water on the Earth, then how have we not run out of water by now? The answer lies in the Water Cycle (or Hydrologic Cycle)!

The Water Cycle seen above shows the Earth’s natural movement of water through its environment by recycling and renewing water sources over billions of years. So what does this mean…? It means there is no new water created on Earth and that glass of water you had this morning was likely one that a dinosaur also drank long ago.

There are four essential stages of the Water Cycle that everyone should know:

Public Education Events

Department staff regularly attend public events and fairs to provide water conservation education. Attendees often stop by to view our working hydrologic cycle, while  grabbing some informational material and water efficient items to be used in their homes. The department also regularly hosts events in the various districts to discuss the current water issues with residents and provide periodic workshops on relevant topics.

If you would like to request the Water and Sanitation Division to participate in your event, please email Customer Service or call us at (760) 955-9885.  

Classroom Education: Coming Soon!

The Water and Sanitation Division, in partnership with Mojave Water Agency, will be offering water conservation education to classrooms across our County Service Areas. District educators will lead the class through interactive activities that test student’s comprehension of the material, while providing teachers with content to re-enforce learning objectives. The curriculum will focus on addressing the California Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. Outreach will begin in August of 2016, and educators are welcome to request a visit to their classrooms. For more information or to schedule a visit, please email Customer Service or call us at (760) 955-9885.

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