For a limited time only, the State of California is offering residential customers money back to replace lawns with a low water use landscape. Click the link below to learn how you can get a rebate of up to $2,000.00 http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/turf-replacement-rebates.html
Many WaterSense partners offer rebates for WaterSense labeled products—such as water-efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets—as well as water conservation services. Click on the link below to see what money-saving rebates are available in your area.
For the latest grant program announcements use this link: The Water Use Efficiency Financial Assistance Program, followed by additional grant program details. To help urban and agricultural communities cope with water shortages and drought conditions by providing funding to agencies for the implementation of water use efficiency projects that would achieve water savings, provide improved operational efficiencies, and provide water quality improvements, energy savings, and environmental benefits.
They also offer a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated water management activities addressing environmental stewardship, water supply reliability, public safety, and economic stability. Public agencies are eligible for most of our grant and loan programs, but other applicants may also be eligible, depending upon the program.
Performing inspections and regular maintenance of your indoor/outdoor plumbing & irrigation is the best practice in saving water.
Did you know a faucet that drips just once per second wastes 27,000 gallons annually? This is the equivalent of 270+ loads of laundry per year for an average household!
So while doing your "Spring Cleaning" also check your plumbing and irrigation for breaks or leaks around seals, faucets and hose bibs.
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. Look for the WaterSense logo when you are shopping to identify high-performing, water-efficient products. By installing aerators on all the faucets and high efficiency toilets you could save 1.2-19 gallons per day!
Fill the bathtub halfway or less which will save about 12 gallons per bath.
Showering for only 5 minutes using a water-efficient shower head can save 12.5 gallons per shower. If you shut-off the water while shaving or lathering you can save another 10 gallons per day.
Wash clothes & dishes only when you have full loads. Also, scrape off the food scraps instead of rinsing each dish before you load it.
Washer: saves 15–45 gallons per load*
Dishwasher: saves 5–15 gallons per load*
Washing by hand? Kitchen faucets can spew about 2 to 5 gallons of water per minute. If you're letting your faucet run the entire time while you're washing dishes, you've already used the same amount of water as a dishwasher after approximately 2 minutes. Instead of letting the water run, fill the sink no more than half full with water and detergent, turn off the tap, and wash a stack of dishes at a time. Don't drain or refill the sink unless the water becomes cold or dirty. Rinse your dishes in standing water.
*ENERGY STAR-rated appliances
~ Remove the lawn & if not, cut lawn down to 3”
~ Reduce irrigation by one day a week.
~ Start Rainwater Harvesting
~ Re-use gray water. For more info: https://www.sonomawater.org/graywater
~ Inspect & tune-up your sprinkler system monthly.
~ Water between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
~ Plant native drought resistant plants/trees
Free landscape design templates can be found on http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/concept-plans-and-design-templates/
Hire a qualified landscaper. For more information visit the QWEL website.
A standard garden hose uses approximately 10 gallons/minute. Which means leaving on for 10-minute = 100 gallons of water.
Ways you can save water while washing your vehicle is by using water-less products, use a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when you wash the car, or take your car to a car-wash that recycles.
Other ways to conserve water:
California Water Environment Association
American Water Works Association
Association of California Water Agencies
California Special Districts Association
California Dept of Water Resources
Sonoma County LAFCO
Wine Country Water Works Association
Sonoma County Grand Jury
Graton Community Services District
Forestville Youth Park
North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
State Water Resources Control Board
Sonoma County Water Agency
Russian River Utilities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Russian River Watershed Association
National Marine Fisheries Service
Forestville Fire Protection District