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The CHWD Board of Directors declared a Stage 3 - Water Warning in effect. CHWD is taking the same action as other local water agencies and asking customers to reduce water use by 20%. For a list of requirements under the Stage 3 Water Warning, click here.

Water Conservation Stages
Citrus Heights Water District is in a Stage 3 - Water Warning based on current water supply conditions. The District's Board of Directors adopts Water Conservation Stages based upon anticipated water supply availability and is subject to change.  

Click here for a complete list of District Water Conservation Stages and requirements.

Citrus Heights Water District
Water Efficiency Regulations for the Stage 3 - Water Warning are:

• Water shall be used for beneficial purposes only; all unnecessary and wasteful uses of water are prohibited.
• Water shall be confined to the customer's property and shall not be allowed to run-off to adjoining properties or to the roadside ditch or gutter. Care shall be taken not to water past the point of saturation.
• Free-flowing hoses for all uses are prohibited. Automatic shut-off devices shall be attached on any hose or filling apparatus in use.
• Leaking customer pipes or faulty sprinklers shall be repaired within two (2) working days or less if warranted by the severity of the problem.
• All pools, spas, ornamental fountains and ponds shall be equipped with a recirculation pump and shall be constructed to be leak-proof. Pool draining and refilling shall be allowed only for health, maintenance, or structural considerations.
• Washing streets, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, or buildings, except as necessary for health, esthetic or sanitary purposes, is prohibited.
• Customers are encouraged to take advantage of the water agency's conservation programs and rebates.
• Reduce landscape and pasture irrigation by 11 -25%. (Note: CHWD is asking for an overall 20% reduction in water use at this time.) Customers with "smart" irrigation timers or controllers are asked to set their controllers to achieve 75 to 89% of the evaoptraspiration (ET) rate. Drip irrigation systems are excluded from this requirement.
•Reduce indoor water used by 11 - 25%. (Note: CHWD is asking for an overall 20% reduction in water use at this time.) Contact your water provider for tips and techniques to reduce indoor water use.
• Restaurants shall serve water only upon request.
• Users of constructions meters and fire hydrant meters will be monitored for efficient water use. .

For additional information about water conservation, please contact the District at (916) 725-6873.

Water Conservation Tips
Water use outside the home can account for more than 60 percent of the water we use. For most customers, the most effective way to meet the requested 20% reduction is to greatly reduce or discontinue outdoor watering at this time.. Here are some simple things you can do to conserve water now and year-round.

Water your landscape only when needed - Most experts recommend infrequent deep watering to promote a healthy landscape and efficient watering. Reduce your watering time and frequency during cooler weather and during the spring and fall when days are shorter. Most common landscaping will survive during winter months with your irrigation system shut off entirely. If you must water, do so infrequently and monitor your watering to prevent overwatering and run-off.

Mow your lawn longer - Keeping your lawn a little longer (about three inches high) during summer months will keep it healthier because there is more surface area on the grass and the longer blades help reduce the amount of water it needs by providing more shade to the soil. This is also the best time to mulch your lawn, rather than bag mow, as it will provide additional shade and reduces the amount of water your lawn needs.

Mulch those flower beds - Applying mulch to plants and shrubs will help to keep the soil cooler in the summer months ahead, and reduce water evaporation.

Know your plants - Read the instructions on how to most efficiently water your shrubs and plants and adjust your watering as needed. Most shrubs and plants - particularly rose bushes - require significantly less water than your lawn.   

Check for and fix leaky pipes - Leaks in your system will cost you money. Leaks commonly include running toilets and broken sprinkler heads. Inspect your pipes, both indoors and outdoors, for evidence of leaks. If any are leaking, we ask that you repair them immediately, saving you both water and money. A continuous leak from a hole as small as ¼ inch in diameter would waste more than one million gallons of water in three months.

Please note that the following graphic is for comparative purposes only. Due to differences in computer monitors, the circles on the graphic do not represent actual sizes.

A continuous leak from a hole this size would, over  a three month period, waste water in the amount shown below.

Fix leaky toilets and faucets - A faucet dripping at the rate of only one drip per second will waste 34 gallons of water in a month's time.   Toilets that leak and run continuously will waste considerably more water.   Fixing these leaks will save water and money.   

Install ultra-low-flush or high-efficiency toilets - If your home or business does not already have water-efficient toilets, now is great time to consider having them installed.   CHWD offers rebates to help offset the cost, and these toilets can save the typical household up to 650 gallons of water each month.  

Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full

To hand wash dishes, don't let the water run out of the tap. Instead, fill one side of the sink with warm soapy water and fill the other side of the sink with rinse water. This will save 2.5 gallons per minute.

Take a shorter shower. now the location of your main shut off valve -Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save 2.5 gallons per minute if you have a water-efficient showerhead. And if you don't have a water-efficient showerhead, now is a great time to get one.

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave.

Know the location of your main shut off valve - If a pipe bursts, you will be able to shut off the water immediately. If a pipe bursts and you are unable to shut off the water, call CHWD at (916) 725-6873 for assistance.

KLook for creative ways to reuse water. IFor example, old water from a fish tank can be used to water plants. Changing out the water in your pet's water dish? Use that old water to water a household plant.

For information about the District's free irrigation analysis offer, click here or call (916) 725-6873 to schedule an appointment.

Visit the following links for more water conservation information and tips.

Regional Water Authority
California Water Awareness Campaign


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