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Soquel Creek Water District
Central Coast

Soquel Creek Water District re-declared Stage 3 Emergency Water Shortage restrictions, moved to Stage 3 Emergency Water Shortage rates, expanded its rules of water waste, increased enforcement and continues its robust conservation and water demand offset programs.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
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
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
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
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North Marin Water District
Bay Area

North Marin Water District implemented a 3 day/week watering mandate and continues to prohibit waste and non-essential water use. NMWD also aggressively pursuing customer participation in the "Cash for Grass" program.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 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)
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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Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

EVMWD asks its customers to follow Water Shortage Contingency Plan Stage 4a guidelines and continues to provide customers with tools to stay within their budgets. The district also is working with cities and developers to ensure new development meets a more conservative standard.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Swimming pool restrictions
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
Customer newsletter
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Swimming pool cover
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
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Calaveras County Water District
Mountain / Foothill

CCWD has budgeted $30,000 for water conservation outreach including community events, TV, radio and direct mail campaigns. The district also redesigned its website and launched an expanded water conservation rebate program.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Restricted watering times
Warnings / citations / fines
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
Free water saving devices
Drought booklets
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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El Dorado Irrigation District
Mountain / Foothill

El Dorado Irrigation District in response to the drought continues to utilize existing budget through rebate programs, customer education, water audits, email and mailers, website notifications, and public outreach speaking engagements.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Free water saving devices
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
On farm conservation
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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South Coast Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

South Coast Water District limits irrigation to 1 day per week and engages customers through robust conservation outreach including rebates and a Water Saver of the Month Award.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 1 day/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Social media/email outreach
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New equipment and / or software
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Santa Margarita Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Santa Margarita Water District's Board of Directors approved a $30 million drought response plan that includes increased use of recycled water, new recycled water facilities and a comprehensive public education campaign about water efficiency.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Door-to-door canvassing/home meetings
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
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
WaterSmart program tools
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
AMI meters
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Tuolumne Utilities District
Mountain / Foothill

TUD hosts Community Drought forums with local agency partners including the County of Tuolumne Office of Emergency Services, the agricultural commissioner, and Environmental Health to explain the impact to for wells and Twain Harte Community Services District. TUD's Community Water Council also examines long-term water supply solutions for the district.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
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
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Coachella Valley Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

CVWD increased its conservation budget by more than 500% this fiscal year in order to offer more rebates to more customers. CVWD customers have converted nearly 6 million square feet of turf to-date. In January 2015, a full-time water waste investigator position was created to respond to water waste reports and provide information and assistance to violators so they can fix the problems.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor water budget
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach & signage
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free pre-rinse nozzles and water brooms
System / Operational Efficiencies
New equipment and / or software
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San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego

SDCWA budgeted $4.1 million for the two-year budget covering FY14 and FY15 to respond to the drought and bolster conservation through rebates, customer education and water audits.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Rationing / Allocation
Retail agency restrictions
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)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
On farm conservation
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Lake Hemet Municipal Water District
Desert / Inland Empire

Lake Hemet MWD works directly with its customers to reduce potable water use. Cooperation with farmers to use raw water and to increase irrigation flexibility has lowered potable water demand, and with the help of its residential customers potable water use is down by 18% for the past 12 months compared to 2013.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 3 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
Regional conservation group meetings
Rebates & Incentives
Promotes www.socalwatersmart.com rebates
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
System / Operational Efficiencies
On farm conservation
New drought management strategies or practices
New equipment and / or software
Booster modifications
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Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

Rio Linda Elverta Community Water District provides information to the community on its website, newsletters, and flyers and regularly answers questions from the public. The district also provides rebates on high efficiency toilets and washing machines, free retrofit kits, outdoor irrigation audits, and works with customers to identify leaks at billing periods. The district issues violations letters and responds to water waste reports.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering: 2 days/week
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Rebates & Incentives
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Modesto Irrigation District
Central Valley

MID serves irrigation customers whose allocation was reduced by 58% this year. The district implemented four special drought programs including an Allocation Return Program and a Farmer to Farmer Delivery Program. The district also offers a drought information webpage, an online weekly water usage report and remains committed to operating in a very conservative manner.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Warnings / citations / fines
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Community partnerships
Customer newsletter
Drought information webpage
Rebates & Incentives
Special drought programs
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Madera Irrigation District
Central Valley

Madera Irrigation District recently installed SCADA/automation improvements at 21 sites, conserving 9,000 acre-feet on average. MID also reconfigured metering locations for more accurate water deliveries and is promoting public education on the drought through many mediums.

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Outreach & Education
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Community partnerships
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Foothill Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Foothill Municipal Water District is a water wholesaler and increased its outreach to include more press releases, contacting groups for speaking engagements, and working with neighboring agencies to sponsor events.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Retail agency 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
School education
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Cisterns, recirculation systems, etc.
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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Riverside Public Utilities
Desert / Inland Empire

Riverside Public Utilities formed a Drought Action Team to respond to the drought through numerous and varied activities including reaching out to more than 100,000 households to provide conservation information. Riverside residents have reduced water consumption by 8% since July 2014 and removed more than 1.8 million square-feet of turf, which is expected to save 75 million gallons of water over the next 10 years.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
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)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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West Basin Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

West Basin invested more than $600 million in recycling and conservation projects. As a result, residents in West Basin's service area have dropped their per-capita water use by 27%.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation
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
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
Recycled water incentives
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Efficiency audits
Free water saving devices
Ocean safe carwashes
System / Operational Efficiencies
Added 20MGP of recycled water production
Leak detection or ditch inspections
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Western Canal Water District
Northern California / Sacramento Valley

Western Canal invested more than $115,000 in new water data management software and hardware to report metered water use in real time. This will allow the district to manage water more effectively and will help growers enhance water use efficiency measures on farm.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation (when curtailed)
Outreach & Education
Save Our Water materials
Direct correspondence with landowners
New Consumer Tools & Devices
New water management hardware for farms
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
Real time water management system
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West Valley Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

West Valley Water District in response to the drought increased its overall budget including school education, rebates, and customer outreach. The district also participates in the iEfficient.com program and works with community partners to protect the district's precious water resources.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Community partnerships
iEfficient Program
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
High efficiency fixtures / appliance
Smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, etc.
New Consumer Tools & Devices
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
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Orange County Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

As a groundwater management agency, Orange County Water District spent $79.3 million over the past three years purchasing imported water to recharge the district’s groundwater basin – helping to partially refill the basin and offset the impacts of the drought. OCWD hosts educational events and provides conservation information on its website. The district also regularly partners with the Municipal Water District of Orange County to promote conservation programs and incentives.

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Outreach & Education
Local events, festivals and/or fairs
Save Our Water materials
Groundwater Replenishment System tours
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Western Municipal Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Western Municipal Water District increased resources in response to the drought, including adding funding to water use efficiency programs such as turf replacement and other efficiency rebates as well as customer on-site landscape evaluations. Staff resources have been shifted to provide more focus on education and outreach through community engagement efforts.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Warnings / citations / fines
Outreach & Education
Drought-friendly landscape / gardening classes
Media campaigns (TV, radio, print, etc.)
Hotel / Restaurant outreach and signange
Community partnerships
Save Our Water materials
iEfficient Program
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
New drought management strategies or practices
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Palmdale Water District
Los Angeles / Orange Counties

Palmdale Water District employs two full-time staff dedicated to water conservation efforts. The district offers a full range of rebate options for rate payers including high efficiency toilet and washing machines rebates and a Cash for Grass program. The district uses radio spots and magazine ads to promote its "Less is More...Save for OUR Future" campaign and also presents drought information to local business associations, school classrooms, and local clubs.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Warnings / citations / fines
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
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
Free water saving devices
System / Operational Efficiencies
Leak detection or ditch inspections
Infrastructure improvements / projects
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Turlock Irrigation District
Central Valley

Turlock Irrigation District, which serves only irrigation water, invested $6 million in completing three, independently-funded water conservation projects expected to conserve up to 14,000 acre-feet of water in normal years. The district continues to educate customers on the drought and remains vigilant in operating its gravity delivery system to minimize losses and maximize operational efficiency. TID's 2015 irrigation season has experienced a 62% reduction in available water.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Rationing / Allocation
Outreach & Education
Community partnerships
Local events, festivals and / or fairs
Save Our Water materials
New Consumer Tools & Devices
Conservation website(s)
Customer usage tracking software / reporting
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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Solano Irrigation District
Bay Area

In addition to adopting the State Water Resources Control Board regulations, the Solano Irrigation District is preparing its first-ever science-based water balance and water allocation policy. The district also offers turf rebates through its partner agency.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Outreach & Education
Informational water bill inserts
Rebates & Incentives
Turf Replacement
System / Operational Efficiencies
Infrastructure improvements / projects
New equipment and / or software
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City of Santa Cruz Water Department
Central Coast

The city of Santa Cruz averaged 44 residential gallons per-capita per day (R-GPCD) in February 2015, one of the lowest averages in the state, according to State Water Resources Control Board data. In order to continue effectively conserving water, the Santa Cruz City Council on April 14, 2015 declared a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency – for the second year in a row – effective May 1. Stage 3 requires significant action by the community to reduce system-wide water use by 15-25% and avoid using limited water stored in the city’s only reservoir, Loch Lomond.

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Restrictions & Enforcement
Outdoor watering restrictions
Water waste patrols
Warnings / citations / fines
Increased enforcement budget
Rationing / Allocation
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
Water School
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
New equipment and / or software
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