Simple Steps You Can Take to Save Water Outdoors
With the first four months of 2022 the driest on record in California, Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received questions from customers regarding how to save water at home without spending a lot of money.
Can you provide some tips to customers looking to save water at home and lowering their water bill?
Yes, there are several things’ customers can do to save water at home. Best of all they are all FREE and very easy to do.
- Check your whole irrigations system for leaks. Irrigations systems require regular maintenance to run efficiently. The most common issues are leaks, broken sprinklers and sprinkler spray patters not adjusted correctly. Did you know that a broken sprinkler can waste 10-20 gallons of water per minute? For more information on how to check for water leaks at your home please go to https://www.emwd.org/check-leaks
- Reduce outdoor water use by limiting landscape watering to a maximum of three days per week. This allows the water to penetrate the soil deeper and allows plants to develop deeper root systems.
- EMWD customers can sign up for the EMWD portal and monitor their water use for increased use and continuous water use that can indicate leaks. You can access your account at https://www.emwd.org/viewpay-my-bill-online
Does EMWD offer any rebates for customers?
Yes. EMWD has several rebates that customers can access on our website at www.emwd.org/residential-programs-rebates. We have rebates for weather-based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels and turf replacement.
Another thing customers can do to save water at home is to install a drip system to water planter beds, trees, and shrubs. This is a great way to make sure the water is going exactly where the plant needs it.
A drip system is very easy to install and works with the weather-based irrigation system controllers. EMWD also offers education materials on the website (www.emwd.org/waterwise-landscape-toolbox) Customers can learn WaterWise tips and download our Inland Empire Landscape Guidebook that is full of information on how customers can save water at home without spending a lot of money.