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MMWD Blog: Think Blue Marin

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Sep 10

Customer Conservation Success Story: TCSD Isn't Resting on Its Laurels

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM by Ann Vallee

In response to MMWD's call to customers to help us achieve a 20% reduction in water use from June - February compared to 2013, the Tamalpais Community Services District (TCSD) has risen to the challenge … and then some! TCSD—which manages parks, recycling, sanitation, and other services for Tam Valley residents—isn't new to conservation. In fact, the district was one of MMWD's first "Customer Conservation Success Stories" when we launched the program in 2011. But in the face of California's ongoing drought, TCSD has continued looking for even more ways to save.

Like many customers committed to conservation, TCSD spends a lot of time studying where and how they use water. They started by cutting watering times with the awareness that they could fine tune as needed. After dialing back the irrigation, TCSD noticed many plants were getting by just fine with less water while others needed a little bump up. This approach let them see where they had been unknowingly overwatering and make adjustments for long-term water savings.

With a careful approach that included monitoring landscaping and reading six separate meters every week, they were able to reduce water use 46.7% for the June-July period compared to 2013. Just as importantly, their water costs dropped by 66%—over $2,000 for just one billing period! Says TCSD General Manager Jon Elam, "While the drought is a challenge, the overall benefits of taking the time to study your water use can pay off in dollars and water saved."

Are you an MMWD customer with a conservation success story to share? Tell us in the comments below, or email us and we may share your story on our blog.


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