Conservation: A Way of Life
California received record rainfall this past winter, but it’s critical for West Valley Water District (WVWD) customers to keep embracing conservation as a way of life and focus on using water efficiently. Despite a wet winter that helped to boost water supplies, particularly in Northern California, our water supply comes from groundwater basins which take longer to recover.
In the April 7th declaration ending the State’s three-year water emergency, Governor Brown stated, “the drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner.” The State is also keeping in place many prohibitions against wasteful practices including no watering hardscapes like sidewalks and driveways, no watering within 48 hours of measureable rainfall, and making sure Californians fix water leaks quickly. While WVWD has certified to the State that we have sufficient supplies to meet demand and planned growth for the next three to five years, WVWD is still in a Stage II - Water Alert to help our groundwater supplies recover and to help us continue to meet future water demands.
If you haven’t already made changes, WVWD offers many resources that promote water-use efficiency. For example, qualified homeowners can take advantage of the WECAN Turf Replacement Program funded by the Water-Energy Grant Program for the Water-Energy Community Action Network (WECAN) and WVWD. This program fully funds turf removal and drought tolerant landscape replacement projects between 750 and 1000 square feet at no cost to our customers. Income and geographic location requirements may apply, to find out if you qualify, please call (888) 899-8723 or send an email to WECAN@sawpa.org.
For more information about how you can make conservation a way of life and more details on all WVWD rebate programs, please visit us online at WVWD.org/conservation.
Our District staff regularly participates in community events to help promote conservation and educate customers about ways to save water.
In addition, the District hosts free classes to help our customers learn more about water efficient landscaping.
We also work with local elementary schools to create an annual calendar featuring student artwork with a water conservation theme. The 2018 calendar winners were announced and student and teacher prizes were distributed in June 2017.
Schedule of Events for 2016-17
January - June 2017
- The State of Women
- Free Landscape Class: Water-Wise Landscape Design
- Free Landscape Class: Landscape Irrigation
- Joe Baca Middle School 21st Century Learning Gardens Unveiling Celebration
- 3nd Annual Rialto Community Conservation Fair
- The 2017 Incentives Fair
- Inland Solar Challenge
- Conservation Calendar Poster Contest
July – December 2016
- Rialto National Night Out
- Fontana National Night Out
- Free Landscape Class: Autumn = Landscape Heaven
- Rialto Family Festival
- Free Landscape Class: Landscape Design for the Water-Wise
- Bloomington Community Health & Resource Fair
Available Rebate Programs
The West Valley Water District has a number of rebate programs to help customers save on their water bills. Below is a summary of the number of rebates awarded to date between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
To find out more about ways to save water and access rebate programs please click here.