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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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