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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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