Drought is Here
2021 is a critically dry year. What can customers do to save water?
On July 8, Governor Newsom called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent to respond to the critically dry year we are currently experiencing. PCWA is taking actions to address water supply and environmental concerns and encourages customers to continue using water efficiently.
Here are some tips you can follow around your home and business to help our water stewardship efforts. Also, make sure to take advantage of PCWA's enhanced water efficiency rebate program.
Actions PCWA is taking
- Operating PCWA’s western Placer groundwater wells to reduce surface water demands.
- Shifting a portion of wholesale demands to groundwater.
- Enhancing water efficiency rebate programs.
- Expanding canal operation hours to monitor for and minimize water losses.
- Meeting our Water Forum commitment to the lower American River by releasing extra water from our reservoirs for fishery benefits.
Actions customers can take outdoors and indoors
- Stress your lawn and save your trees. Reduce each sprinkler cycle by two minutes. By reducing your watering times by two minutes across the board you can achieve an instant savings of 20 percent (for every 10 minutes that your sprinklers are currently scheduled).
- Check soil moisture before turning on sprinklers. Stop by our main office to pick up a free moisture meter today.
- Replace older sprinklers with more efficient nozzles.
- Upgrade to a WaterSense-labeled, weather-based sprinkler timer.
- Water plants early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
- Check for and fix leaks. The most common type of leak inside a home is a toilet leak, which can waste 200 gallons of water per day. That’s enough to wash seven loads of laundry every day for a month.
- Add a layer of mulch on top of soil, 2-3 inches thick. Mulch is like icing on a cake, because it keeps the soil moist the way icing keeps a cake moist.
- Cycle and soak to prevent runoff. Some sprinkler systems apply water faster than the ground will absorb, causing water to run off your landscape into the street and gutter. Cycle and soak is a process of running your sprinklers in shorter increments spaced out over a period of time to allow for better absorption by the soil. · Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray.
- Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray.