WATER CONSERVATION (Visit our “Drought/Update” page for more!)
We offer a variety of programs focused on the efficient use of water, and reducing water waste. Check out the ways you can save water outdoors and indoors, at home, at school, and in the workplace.
New Toilet Rebate Program: During this California historic drought, the State is offering a special rebate program for residents to replace old, water wasting toilets for the new efficient low-flush versions. For more information, go to: http://www.drought.ca.gov and start saving today!
Calculating Your Landscape Water Use
Many people are surprised to find out that up to 80% of residential water is used outside the home – most of it on the landscape. It’s simple to calculate. Download the instructions here:
(See: Calculate Your Landscape Water Use)
San Bernardino County’s water efficient Landscape Standards (new)
Water waste is a result of inefficient irrigation due to runoff, overspray, low head drainage, and other similar conditions that causes water to run onto adjacent non-irrigated areas, walks, roadways, parking lots, etc. The County of San Bernardino makes property owners responsible for preventing water waste on their property. Find §83.10.070 of the Development Code at http://cms.sbcounty.gov/lus/Planning/DevelopmentCode.aspx
EPA WaterSense has made it easier to find the most efficient showerheads, faucet nozzles, aerators, and other fixtures. Just look for the WaterSense Label (insert attached jpeg). Find more info at
Indoor Water Saving Tips
- Check all plumbing for leaks; a faucet dripping one drop per second can waste 2,700 gallons per year. A leaking toilet can waste up to 50 gallons of water a day.
- Keep showers short.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving.
- Wash only full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher.
- Consider replacing older water-using appliances such as clothes washers with newer, more efficient models. High efficiency clothes washers can save up to 30 gallons a load.
- In addition to new appliances, replace other water guzzling devices. Change to low-flow shower heads and high efficiency toilets.
Water Smart Landscaping Tips
- Avoid evaporation. Schedule irrigation timers to water during evening and early morning hours.
- Adjust the irrigation schedule throughout the year as plant water requirements change. See the Joshua Tree Irrigation Guide below for more information. Click here to view JBWD’s Irrigation Guide: Irrigation Guide_JBWD_2012_1019
- Install a drip irrigation system to eliminate overspray, runoff, and evaporation.
- Convert spray sprinklers to water-efficient rotary sprinklers by installing MP Rotator nozzles.
- Consider replacing grass and non-native plant species with Morongo Basin natives that can survive with little or no water after they’re established. Visit the Joshua Tree Water Wise Demonstration Gardens for ideas on what to plant or check out the Landscape & Irrigation Designs on this page.
- Train your plants. Water deeply and infrequently and the roots will follow!
- Graywater irrigation systems are legal in the County of San Bernardino and should be considered as a method of conservation. For more information see our linked report : http://www.jbwd.com/water-quality/graywater/
For tips on irrigation, watering trees, workshop calendars, and more, click on the following web sites:
- Southern Nevada Water Authority’s website offers Irrigation Tips(moved to www.snwa.com/land/irrig.html ) and important information for Irrigating Trees (moved to www.snwa.com/land/install_drip_trees.html.to ensure good root development.
- Coachella Valley Water District’s ‘Lush and Efficient – Landscape Gardening in the Coachella Valley’ guide is available as a free download. Look for plants that are hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. http://www.cvwd.org/conservation/lush_book/
- Check out Mojave Water Agency’s “Complete Guide to High Desert Water Conservation” http://www.friendsofbighorn.org/PDFs/AWACBooklet%28FINAL%29.pdf
- The SummerTree Institute has excellent information on native plants and creating a survivable area around your home, under Fire Recovery Workshop on their website: http://www.summertree.org/Firerecovery/FireRecDefenceSpace.pdf