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Cucamonga Valley Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

Cucamonga Valley Water District focuses its drought response efforts on educating customers to use water differently. The district offers a number of landscape workshops, opportunities for onsite landscape consultations, and mails educational materials directly to customers.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
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City of Oceanside
San Diego

The City of Oceanside enforces Level 2 drought restrictions including a maximum 2 days per week outdoor watering schedule. The city also provides a collection of conservation resources on its website and offers a mobile app for reporting water waste.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Irvine Ranch Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

IRWD uses an allocation-based rate structure that rewards efficient water use. Outdoor water allocations are based on drought tolerant landscapes with efficient water systems. IRWD is increasing customer outreach and expanding its recycled water system.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor water budget
Allocation-based rate structure
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
Recycled water
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Long Beach Water Department
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Long Beach Water's "Mission H20LB" conservation campaign helps the city use water efficiently, meet the statewide mandate and make a permanent lifestyle change in the way Long Beach uses water.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outdoor watering restrictions
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Upper District’s robust outreach includes social media, 200+ conservation booths and a new commercial airing in local movie theaters. The combined efforts from its recent Water Smart City Challenge also save the district 113 million gallons annually.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Drought ordinances/resolutions
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Infrastructure tours
Demonstration garden
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers
Recycled water incentives
Promotes www.socalwatersmart.com rebates
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Moulton Niguel Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

MNWD adopted new water budget based rates and revised its Water Shortage Contingency Plan in 2015. The district also launched a catchy tongue-in-cheek outreach campaign encouraging customers to conserve water and reduce water waste. The end result is a tool that lets customers choose how to use their water within a budget allocation to avoid policing end use and other prescriptive policy instruments to meet supply constraints.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Water Budget rates discourage wasteful water use
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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City of Sacramento Department of Utilities
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

The City of Sacramento has spent $2 million since 2014 to expand its drought outreach. Rebate programs and enforcement were further enhanced to help reach its 28% reduction target. The city's two day per week watering schedule is reduced to one day per week between November and March.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outdoor watering: 1 day/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power promotes conservation through a city-wide campaign called "Save the Drop LA," incentivizes turf removal through its "Cash in Your Lawn" program and limits outdoor watering to three days per week for 8 minutes at a time, among other conservation and rebate efforts.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Restricted watering times
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Contra Costa Water District
Bay Area

Contra Costa Water District implemented a 2015 drought program to meet its 28% mandated conservation goal which include a modest temporary price adjustment to encourage conservation and a fine for violations. The district also provides an extensive collection of conservation resources on its website and will soon offer a mobile app for reporting water waste.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
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Desert Water Agency
Desert / Inland Empire

Desert Water Agency budgeted $3.7 million dollars for conservation (including water recycling) and public outreach this year including its campaigns include "Check Yourself" and "Don't Dismiss the Drought." The district also offers free smart irrigation controller installations and a variety of rebates.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Warnings have proven effective - fines have not been issued
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

In response to the drought Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts implemented a phased water conservation plan that requires 32-36% reductions. It also launched a new outreach campaign "Drop your water weight: Put your lawn on the drought diet" that includes tips and rebate opportunities.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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City of Fresno Water Division
Central Valley

The City of Fresno adopted the 2015 Water Conservation Act that provides specific measures for enhanced water conservation. The city enforces water waste regulations from the Municipal Code and responds to water waste complaints 7 days a week.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Smart Meter time of use reports
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City of Santa Rosa Water Department
Bay Area

Santa Rosa Water uses weekly water watch patrols, its water waste hotline and MySantaRosa app to reduce wasteful water use. The city's WaterSmart campaign provides weekly irrigation recommendations, signage and turf removal rebates.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Restricted watering times
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Save Our Water materials
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) outreach
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Greywater rebates
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
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Sonoma County Water Agency
Bay Area

SCWA uses many tools in response to the drought including a multi-media awareness campaign, reduced reservoir releases and increased use of recycled water. The agency also provides conservation information that is helping the region reduce its water use by 33% over 2013 usage.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Vallecitos Water District
San Diego

Vallecitos Water District increased drought outreach to reach the highest water users and partners with local Girl Scouts to deliver drought information to its customers.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Save Our Water materials
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
School education
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak notifications
New equipment and / or software
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Yorba Linda Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

YLWD is asking customers to cut their outdoor water use in half. In addition to amplified customer communications, the district also deployed a water conservation patrol team and offers drought-friendly landscape workshops.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) outreach
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
New equipment and / or software
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Water Replenishment District of Southern California
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

The WRD manages groundwater for nearly four million residents in 43 cities of southern Los Angeles County. The district is currently working on its Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP), an advanced water purification facility that will add an additional 3.25 billion gallons of purified water annually to the Los Angeles County drinking water supply.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
School education
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Vandenberg Village Community Services District
Central Coast

Vandenberg Village CSD limits watering to Wednesday and Saturday only. The district also enforces mandatory watering restrictions including prohibiting run-off, prohibiting the use of potable water for washing hard surfaces, requiring leaks to be repaired, shut-off hose nozzles for car washing and water served only on request.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
AMR Meters
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Three Valleys Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

As a treated water wholesaler, Three Valleys MWD works directly with its retail member agencies to promote numerous conservation program, including rebates, educational classes/tours and water audits.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Drought ordinances/resolutions
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
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Sweetwater Authority
San Diego

Sweetwater Authority’s Drought Response Plan includes customer-level Target Water Allocations that recommend water usage for a property during the designated billing cycle. The district also expanded its outreach efforts and conservation programs and will continue to respond to changing drought conditions.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bay Area

Santa Clara Valley Water District has allocated more than $35 million since 2014 to respond to the drought. More than $10 million is allocated to landscape conversion rebates and other conservation programs. More than $8 million is allocated to supplemental water supplies.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Sacramento Suburban Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Suburban Water District has budgeted an additional $605,000 this year to respond to the drought and bolster conservation through rebates, customer education and Water-Wise House Calls.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Restricted watering times
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recirculating hot water pumps
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Padre Dam Municipal Water District
San Diego

Padre Dam MWD has implemented an aggressive public relations and outreach program to education customers on the drought and mandatory water use restrictions, including assigned watering 2 days per week.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
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Olivenhain Municipal Water District
San Diego

OMWD is pursuing conservation and outreach strategies aimed at reducing potable water use by 32% and reach its top potable water users. The district also implemented Level 2 Water Supply Shortage rates and revised mandatory use restrictions including to establish a 2-day water week.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
School education
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Efficient project incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
AMI leak alerts
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Newhall County Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

NCWD focuses on customer empowerment. From its high-tech Water Efficiency Target Program to its IConserve mobile app to its "You Save, We Pay" customized rebate program, the district is engaging customers where they live, work and play.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Outdoor water budget
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Community partnerships
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers
Recycled water incentives
Customized rebate program
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
New equipment and / or software
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Mojave Water Agency
Desert / Inland Empire

Mojave Water Agency, a wholesale water agency, budgeted $1 million this year to fund conservation programs. Mojave Water also launched a new large scale cash for grass program targeting grass areas of 20,000 square feet or more and also offers a weather-based irrigation controller rebate program.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
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Mesa Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

To address the drought, Mesa Water launched and continues its Mesa Water Saver customer education campaign and its Water Wise House Call program to reduce water use. Mesa Water also ensures that its operational system experiences low water loss levels system-wide.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Eastern Municipal Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

EMWD is currently in Stage 4 of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan and asking customers to reduce outdoor irrigation by 50%. The district has significantly increased its customer outreach to notify customers of conservation program and changes in water budgets.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
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Dublin San Ramon Services District
Bay Area

Over two years, DSRSD is investing $576,000 in drought response activities, ranging from promoting its real-time water use software to creating a community of recycled water supporters. The District’s Residential Recycled Water Fill Stations (one shown above), where residents pick up free irrigation water, are being replicated widely in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 1 day/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Water shortage rates
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Student activity book with home audit kit
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
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Zone 7 Water Agency
Bay Area

Zone 7 Water has undertaken many emergency drought projects and is exploring various forms of water exchanges/interties. The district also offers outreach and rebate programs in cooperation with its retailers, which in May 2015 averaged 46% in water savings as compared to May 2013.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Retail agency restrictions
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Local library displays
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District restricts outdoor watering to two days per week, offers its customers SoCal Water$mart program rebates, and provides helpful water conservation tips and tools for homes and businesses on its website.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Increased enforcement budget
Water waste can be reported by email
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Speaker's bureau
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
High efficiency fixtures
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Elk Grove Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

Elk Grove Water District in partnership with SMUD and Sacramento Tree Foundation provides free mulch to its customers to help reduce tree irrigation and recently completed a major retrofit project – installing water meters for all of its customers – 10 years ahead of the state’s 2025 deadline.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Free mulch
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Golden Hills Community Services District
Mountain / Foothill

Golden Hills CSD restricts outdoor watering to three days per week (odd numbered homes to Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; even numbered homes to Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.) The district enforces all mandatory statewide water use restrictions and requires leaks to be immediately repaired and water in ornamental fountains to be re-circulated.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Promote partner/regional rebates
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free shower head replacements
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak notifications
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Rancho California Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

Rancho California Water District reduced its customer water budgets by 30% and implemented a new water budget tool, MyWaterTracker, to give customers all the information needed to stay within their budgets. The district also assists customers in finding ways to use water more efficiently.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor water budget
Restricted watering times
Reduced water budgets
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

MWD of Southern California, serving 5,200 square miles in the Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego regions, this year increased its conservation budget by $350 million and launched a multi-cultural #TakeATurnCA campaign focused on reducing summer water use.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Bay Area

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched a multi-lingual public awareness campaign and conducts extensive water waste education and enforcement including direct outreach to top users.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
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Municipal Water District of Orange County
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

MWDOC is spearheading a county-wide advertising campaign aimed at reducing outdoor water usage by 50%. The campaign includes public service announcements, newspaper advertising, bus wraps, bus shelters and gas-pump toppers. The district also offers an extensive rebate program.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
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Carpinteria Valley Water District
Central Coast

Carpinteria Valley Water District utilizes a tiered rate billing structure related to source of supply, developed a drought surcharge, and budgeted $97,000 towards water conservation programs and outreach.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Laundry to Landscape program rebate
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
Water waste hotline
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department
Central Coast

The City of Santa Barbara helps all water customers save water by offering a wide variety of conservation programs including its creative "Mulch Madness" free mulch program and rebates on everything from graywater systems to pool covers.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor water budget
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Goleta Water District
Central Coast

Goleta Water District customers are among the lowest per capita water users in the state. The district supports conservation through an extensive rebate and outreach program, water supply and demand modeling, and drought planning.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Customer newsletter
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1
Central Coast

On July 10, 2015, Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, Improvement District No. 1 Board of Trustees declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency mandating a 25% water use reduction.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Save Our Water materials
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
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Montecito Water District
Central Coast

Montecito Water District first declared a water shortage emergency in February 2014 and implemented water use restrictions and an allocation/rationing ordinance with high penalties for overuse.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Rationing / Allocation
Restricted watering times
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Save Our Water materials
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
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Big Bear City Community Services District
Mountain / Foothill

Big Bear City CSD provides customers with information on how to save water both indoors and outdoors. The district also conducts water waste patrols with an emphasis on educating the public.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
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East Valley Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

East Valley Water District budgeted $1.5 million for increased educational resources, rebate programs and regulatory compliance measures and has embraced the opportunity to increase the district's long-term sustainability.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Outdoor water budget
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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Placer County Water Agency
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

PCWA is engaging customers and building regional partnerships as part of its stewardship responsibilities during the drought. It is organizing educational outreach events, managing media campaigns, and harnessing new technologies, including the expedited installation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, to help customers reach their conservation goals.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outdoor water budget
Water waste patrols
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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East Bay Municipal Utility District
Bay Area

EBMUD is managing water supplies during this historic drought thanks to its conservation-minded customers and ratepayer investment in supplemental supplies. Customer interest is higher than ever in landscape rebates and water saving actions.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Water shortage rates
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Educational videos
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
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San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, with the retail agencies in its service area, developed a regional water conservation program and website, iEfficient.com, that makes it easy for water customers to find rebates and other information.

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Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
iEfficient Program
Demonstration garden
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
Retail agency rebate assistance (25%)
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Mobile apps for reporting waste/leaks
Promotes retailer tools
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Helix Water District
San Diego

Helix Water District increased its education through targeted mailing and survey programs, restricts watering to no more than 2 days per week and assesses a 10% penalty on high domestic water users.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Outdoor water budget
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
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San Juan Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

On April 29, the San Juan Water District Board of Directors approved moving to a Stage 4 - Water Crisis. This includes implementing a drought rate which is a 10% increase on the water usage part of the bill.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Water waste patrols
Increased enforcement budget
Water shortage rates
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Volunteer Drought Committee
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
Updated bills with 2 year history
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
On farm conservation
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
Reduced pressure in specific zones
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Marin Municipal Water District
Bay Area

Marin Municipal Water District introduced new rebates, expanded its programs and increased its public outreach campaigns for 2015. The district also continues to replace leak prone distribution piping.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Social media/email outreach
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
Billing credits / rewards for low water use
Swimming pool cover
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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