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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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