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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.