Water Efficiency

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CURRENT WATER SHORTAGE STATUS:

YEAR-ROUND
WATER CONSERVATION BMP'S
STAGE 1
SHORTAGE WARNING
STAGE 2
MODERATE SHORTAGE
STAGE 3
SIGNIFICANT SHORTAGE
STAGE 4
SEVERE SHORTAGE
STAGE 5
CRITICAL SHORTAGE
STAGE 6
EMERGENCY SHORTAGE

Updated 10/22/2021

Learn more about the water shortage stages (CLICK HERE)

Am I over my water budget?

SMWD's monthly water budget provides you with the water you need for efficient indoor and outdoor living. If you've gone over your budget, take a look at the following tips and resources to help you. 

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SMWD Water Use Efficiency Team is here to help. You can start your troubleshooting with some quick DIY tools and videos provided on our Leak Detection page.

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Check your toilets

  

Request a consultation with a Water Efficiency Specialist; call us at 949-459-6593

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All residential customers have a customized water budget. Use this bill estimator tool to see if you exceed your Tier 1 (indoor) and Tier 2 (outdoor) limits.Water Budget Residential (JPG)

Find out more about how much water you are using indoors and outdoors with this Home WaterWorks Calculator.

SMWD is here to help! 

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  1. Indoor Water Saving Tips
  2. Outdoor Water Saving Tips

What Can I Do?

H20 Savings

Fill Up Bathtub Halfway or Less

12 gallons per bath

Fix Leaks

110 gallons per month

Install Sink Faucet Aerators

1.2 gallons per person per day

Install High Efficiency Toilets

19 gallons per person per day

Take 5-minute Showers

12.5 gallons per shower

Turn Off Water When Brushing Teeth or Shaving

10 gallons per person per day

Wash Full Loads of Clothes

15-45 gallons per load

Wash Full Loads of Dishes

5-15 gallons per load

Scrape Food Off of Dishes Instead of Pre-rinsing


20 gallons per load
For More Water Saving Tips Click on the Links: Smart Home H2O Guide, Save our Water, Alliance for Water Efficiency Home Water Conservation 101
SMWD's Home Water Saving Tips Handout: Click Here
How much water do you use? Home Water Calculator Tool: Click Here
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Protect our Urban Forests! 

Trees make our communities livable. They sequester carbon, improve air quality, and keep neighborhoods cool on hot days. During times of water shortage and active conservatioGarden Styles Post Opens in new windown, don't turn off the irrigation completely. Consider prioritizing the trees on your property and keep them healthy and watered. We can't risk losing this precious investment in our future. LEARN MORE

If you are considering planting a new tree and need some inspiration, CLICK HERE for SMWD's tree-focused climate-friendly garden styles.

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Check out our new video on YouTube:

Harvest Labs: Drought Update - How to Care for your Landscape

What is a Sustainable Garden Feature?

Check out this 6 video playlist on our YouTube channel highlighting:

  1. RAIN GARDENS
  2. BERMS
  3. RAIN BARRELS
  4. SWALES & DRY CREEK BEDS
  5. MASON JAR SOIL TEST
  6. ROCK GARDENS


WaterWorks Garden Plant Highlight

Check out the smwd.com/plants page to see the current super performers from our demonstration garden. All of these spectacular plants are climate-appropriate!

Name: Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

Size: 1'-3' tall x 3'-6' wide

Bloom Season: Summer-Fall

CLICK HERE to find out more about this plant!

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We’ll provide you with information, resources, and tips related to landscape design, plants, and watering.

Questions? 

Contact us at 949-459-6593 or efficiency@smwd.com

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