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Emergency Drought Regulations Update

On March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend the drought actions imposed last year (see information below) and to add additional restrictions on water use. The new restrictions for water users are:

  • No irrigation during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall
  • Eating and drinking establishments, including restaurants, bars and other public places may only serve drinking water upon request
  • Operators of hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens washed daily

EGWD continues to be at a Stage 1 Water Alert. Thank you for your continued cooperation in making reductions in your water use.

Kids Invited to Get Creative in the Be Water Smart Decorating Contest

Top five winners will each receive a $25 gift card

Calling all kids! Show off your decorating skills with Les Leaky as he searches for water waste by entering the Be Water Smart Decorating Contest. The top five winners will each receive a $25 gift card. More information here.

What Does 20% Reduction in Water Use Look Like?

The average Sacramento-area resident uses 141 gallons of water per day and most of their water outdoors. Click here for some easy outdoor tips to reduce water use. Find the right combination for you to reduce by 20% or 28 gallons a day.

Video Resources for Water Efficiency

The Regional Water Authority and the California Urban Water Conservation Council have released some great videos to help you learn more about improving water efficiency both indoors and outdoors.

Mandatory Conservation Regulations - Water Shortage Contingency Plan

On July, 23, 2014, the EGWD Board of Directors amended and implemented Stage 1 - Water Alert of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan in response to the State Water Resources Control Board's Resolution No.2014-0038. EGWD is working with Sacramento County, the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District to ensure fair and consistent management of the emergency regulations. They are expected to remain in effect for the next nine months.

Governor Brown Orders Further Conservation

Message from the General Manager:

On April 25, 2014, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions. This Order says, in part, "Recognizing the tremendous importance of conserving water during this drought, all California residents should refrain from wasting water:

  1. Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other hardscapes.
  2. Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available.
  3. Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local car washes that use recycled water.
  4. Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week."

EGWD continues to offer free landscape irrigation audits, which will provide guidance on maintaining your landscape during this difficult period. For more information on landscape irrigation audits, please call Ellen Carlson at 916-685-3556.

To read the Governor's Executive Order, visit: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18495


Turf Conversion

Ready to convert your lawn to a drought-friendly design? The following two documents can help:

Caring for Trees in a Drought

Considering their value, and the time needed to grow to maturity, ensuring the survival of shade trees should be a top priority for landscape professionals. According to local certified arborists, a typical large tree in the Sacramento valley has a replacement value ranging from several to tens of thousands of dollars. During times of drought, landscape retention decisions should be made based on value, risk assessment, and the cost and ease of replacing assets of equivalent size. Click here for more information. (Available in spanish here.)

2014 Water Spots Contest Winners

Check out the winners of the 2014 Water Spots contest and other water conservation videos here.

Free Landscape Irrigation Audit

Have you called for your landscape irrigation audit yet? A certified technician will visit your home free of charge to examine your home's irrigation system and will prepare a report to help you maximize your system's benefits while minimizing your water use! They can  also  evaluate  your  water  efficiency  inside  your  home as well! Call Ellen Carlson, 916-685-3556, to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.

Links for Conservation

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EGWD's Helpful Conservation Links

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