How we use water indoors is just as important as how we use it outdoors. Water is a limited resource and we must continue to use it wisely. East Valley Water District encourages customers - as well as our partners, vendors, suppliers, and employees - to look Beyond the Faucet to discover ways to use water efficiently in wet and in drought years alike.
Curious about how much the average home uses each month? Check out this basic breakdown of monthly water consumption (PDF). It's easier than you think to do more with less water - and we're here to help. Explore this section to find out how to use water in less wasteful ways.
Tip of the Month
Drip irrigation is the most efficient way to water your plants. It reduces evaporation losses by watering the ground near the plant. Now is the best time to plan your drip system when the weather is clear and cool. You won't have the rush of setting it up in the summer when plants need it right away. Learn more monthly tips here.
Start saving today and you may qualify for a landscaping rebate of up to $200. For more information on the landscaping rebate and other rebates the District offers visit our Rebate Program.
State Water Updates
On July 1, 2013, East Valley Water District launched a water conservation rebate program for residents within the service area to assist with replacing older fixtures with water-efficient models. In 2015, those programs were expanded to further encourage conservation indoors and outdoors.
Funding is approved on an annual basis, and rebates are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Click the button below for a list of rebate programs available and applications.
Executive State orders are in place prohibiting wasteful practices to improve long-term drought preparedness. The following actions are in place to promote conservation:
- Watering times are between the hours of 6:00 pm - 6:00 am
- No irrigation 2 days following a measurable rainfall
- No excessive water waste
- No irrigation of turf or high water use plants within public street medians and parkways
- Vehicle washing is to be done with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle
- No washing down of hard surfaces
- Fountains must use recirculated water
- Restaurants are only to serve water to guest upon request
- Hotels and motels must offer the option to refuse laundry service to save water
- Swimming pools are to be covered when not in use for extended periods of time
- Homeowner's associations and cities cannot fine homeowners trying to conserve during a declared drought
Learn more about the District's guidelines here.
Budget Based Rates
Budget based rates are a billing structure designed to consider the unique water needs of each customer and to allow the lowest cost water to be utilized for essential use indoors. Efficient outdoor use would be allocated water at the next lowest cost, with inefficient water use assigned the highest rate, ultimately rewarding customers that use water efficiently. Learn more here.
Free Community Workshops
East Valley Water District wants to serve as a resource to customers. We invite you to join us at one of our free conservation workshops to learn about water efficiency. Workshops are family friendly with activities for the kids to enjoy. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Click here to view upcoming workshop information.
Fix a Leak Week
East Valley Water District along with water agencies nationwide observe Fix a Leak Week to help bring awareness of how finding and fixing indoor and outdoor leaks can help conserve our most precious natural resource. Discover water-saving tips you can use year-round and during Fix a Leak Week here.
Monthly Conservation Tips
Discover ways you can conserve year-round by learning monthly water saving tips here.
The East Valley Water District Demonstration Garden is a great starting point for customers looking for ideas to change their lawn into a water-wise landscape. Learn more about the District's garden here.
CIMIS Weather Station
The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is an integrated network of automated active weather stations located throughout California. The system is operated by the California Department of Water Resources and is a free service that can help water providers improve irrigation efficiency with the weather information needed for calculating water budgets.