Qualifying Products – Indoors:
High-efficiency clothes washers use 55% less water than standard clothes washers. This option saves you money on your energy bill for water heating, lowering your energy bill too. These high-efficiency clothes washers qualify. Please contact Golden State Water Company to verify the funding availability for rebates.Qualifying Products – Outdoors:
Up to 70% of California's entire residential water supply is applied to home landscapes, yet many landscapes are overwatered due to sprinkler controllers that are not programmed properly. Some Southern Californians are now using smart sprinkler controllers that water based on plant needs. These controllers automatically adjust for changing weather conditions, thereby reducing waste and runoff. Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs) and Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles are options to prevent the overwatering of plans and encourage healthy plant growth.
Please visit the following websites for more information about tips on water conservation:
Golden State Water Conservation & Rebates
Please visit the following websites for more information about rebates on products for indoor and outdoor water use efficiency for residential and commercial properties:
Water use efficiency and water conservation have different goals, but both will benefit you and the environment.
Water Use Efficiency
- Means using improved technologies and practices that deliver equal or better service with less water.
- Accomplishment of a function, task, process, or result with the minimal amount of water feasible.
- Examples of water use efficiency include: fixing leaking taps, taking showers rather than baths, installing displacement devices inside toilet cisterns, and using dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
- Any beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality.
- A reduction in water use accomplished by implementation of water conservation of water efficiency measures.
- Improved water management practices that reduce or enhance the beneficial use of water.
- Examples of water conservation include: Tiered water rates, restrictions on outdoor water use and public outreach campaigns.
For more information, please visit Municipal Water District of Orange County Incentive Programs.Prevent Overwatering of Lawns and Gardens
What is Overwatering?
Overwatering is the act of giving a plant or lawn cover too much water. Overwatering occurs when a plant is watered often without allowing the soil to dry first. Many homeowners do this because they want to do something good for their yard. They think that they are being helpful. On the contrary, they are actually doing more harm than good. Overwatering can lead to all sorts of problems, one of them being root rot.
What you can do!
Don't water unless your lawn needs it. Over-watering promotes shallow root growth and makes your lawn less hardy. To determine if your lawn needs watering, walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it's time to water. Use the watering calculator and watering index found online at www.bewaterwise.com to learn just how much you should water. You can save anywhere between 750 to 1,500 gallons a month.
Please refrain from Watering Your Lawn on Street Sweeping Days!Don’t Clog Your Drains
Is your toilet your trash can? People have the tendency to dump whatever they can in their own toilet and have no idea that it can have a huge impact on our sewers and oceans. Are you not sure what you can flush? Just remember the three P’s that can go down the toilet: pee, poop, and paper. Also, this list of items that should not go down the toilet:
- Sanitary products, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes and facial tissues
- Kitty litter
- Condoms and dental floss
Please properly dispose the above items in your trash. Medications should be taken to one of the County of Orange Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. For the nearest location visit oclandfills.com/hazardous/locations. To read more information on how these items can harm our drains and what to put in your garbage container as well, please visit: www.what2flush.com.