Keep Conserving in the Hot Months to Come
Contra Costa Water District customers have cut their water use by 17 percent!
Thank you, your efforts to save today will help ensure we have enough water to meet future needs.
This exceptional savings occurred over the months of April, May and June after the District’s Drought Program began. Water use is compared to the District’s historic average from 2005-2007.
CCWD’s Drought Program for 2014 is asking for a 15 percent reduction, so once again our customers have enthusiastically responded to the call to find new ways to conserve. CCWD has a list of prohibited wasteful water practices, you can see them here.
Of course, August and September are generally hot and dry, and that means CCWD customers must continue to save water.
This is the last year of our high-efficiency toilet rebate program. If you haven’t replaced that old toilet yet, do it now and get a rebate.
Conservation Tips and Services
Lawn & Landscape Watering Schedule
- Lawns: Water lawns two to three days per week in July and August. Run stations with spray heads for 4-6 minutes per cycle and two start times per watering day. F or example, if you have station with pop-up spray heads watering a lawn, set the timer to water for five minutes at 4 a.m. and at 6 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This will result in the station watering a total of 30 minutes per week.
- Shrubs: Water shrubs two days per week. Run spray heads for 4-6 minutes per start time and two start times per watering day. So for example, if you have station with pop-up spray heads watering a shrub bed; set the timer to water for five minutes at 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. This will result in the station watering a total of 20 minutes per week.
Keep up the Maintenance on Your Sprinklers
o Sprinkler Maintenance: Inspect each sprinkler station for broken, bent or misaligned sprinklers and repair as necessary. If replacing sprinkler heads or nozzles, always use the same brand and specific device model. This will ensure the watering is even across the lawn.
o Drip Line Maintenance: Inspect drip lines for small breaks, missing emitters or other problems. Breaks in drip lines can waste a significant amount of water because we generally run our drip lines for long periods of time. If you need to replace broken drip emitters, it is best to pull out the broken emitter and replace it with a goof plug. Then install a new drip emitter a few inches away. And remember to purchase the same type of emitter as you have on the rest of the line. Repairing holes and other breaks in drip lines is fairly easy. We found a good video that explains how to repair a broken drip line.
Let us Know When You See Water Being Wasted
o If you observe obvious water waste, please let us know so we can contact the property owner. Since April 1, we’ve received more than 200 complaints about water waste. In all but a few of them, one contact was all that was needed to get the problem solved. In those exceptions, all it took was a follow up call, and the problem was solved.
o Please have the following information when you contact us:
- Address or specific location of the water waste:
- Description of water waste:
- Date and time when you observed the water waste and note if this is a re-occurring event.
Call: 925-688-8044 or send us an e-mail .
If you believe the water waste is an immediate emergency, and it is after normal work hours, call the Districts’ after hours control room at 925-688-8374
Water Saving Programs & Classes
Planning To Remove Your Lawn? Our New Web Resource Can Help
- We have a new and very complete web resource that will help you every step along the way, and ensure you get your rebate of up to $1,000.
In addition, we’ve introduced a new Landscape Design Assistance Program to help our Lawn to Garden Rebate Program participants develop ideas to transform their water-thirsty front lawns into beautiful water-wise gardens. The Design Program provides for a two-hour consultation with a professional landscape designer for the front lawn area removed. Participants pay the designer a $150 fee at the time of service, and are reimbursed by CCWD when their lawn to garden conversion project is successfully completed.
Lose the Lawn, Get a Garden Workshop
- CCWD and the Gardens at Heather Farm are offering a free workshop on Saturday August 23, from 9 a.m. to noon to help homeowners learn the basics of how to convert their water-thirsty front lawns into water-wise landscapes. The workshop will include an introduction on how to design and choose plants, drip irrigation basics, successful lawn conversion stories and information on the CCWD Lawn to Garden Rebate Program. For more information visit the Workshop Web Page.
The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Several free workshops are offered by the Ruth Bancroft Garden for members only. To become a member is inexpensive and the benefits are great. Upcoming member only workshops include: Introduction to Irrigation, Succulent Troubleshooting, and Soil Basics. In October, there will be a two-day Lawn to Native Garden workshop. For information and cost on this workshop visit the Ruth Bancroft Garden Website.