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Dealing with Drought Conditions

drought conditions on the watershed

Conservation is Key in Dealing with Drought Conditions

It's been an unusually dry year, and the warmer and drier weather has created drought conditions throughout much of California. These unusually dry conditions have resulted in our water supply level running about 20 percent below average for this time of year.

With the uncertainty of what weather the winter months will bring, we are asking all of our customers to help us conserve water now. Making some smart and simple adjustments to your daily routine will go a long way in saving water to ensure we have an ample supply to see us through the drier periods ahead. 

These simple tips to use inside your home will amount to big water-saving wins:

  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Fix any leaky toilets or faucets
  • Only run your washing machine or dishwasher when you have a full load
  • Replace older appliances with newer, water-efficient models
Outdoor Conservation Tips to Save Water and Money

During cooler months, be sure to adjust your irrigation system. Reduce your watering times, and turn off your system when it rains. With shorter daylight hours, your plants and flowers need far less water to thrive. Our Weekly Watering Schedule can help you determine exactly how many minutes of watering your landscape needs.

Water Use Code

Did you know Marin Water has a Water Use Code? The code helps us cut down on water waste by making sure we are all using water as efficiently as possible. Here are some of the regulations included in our Code:

  • Water your landscaping before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m. to reduce evaporation. 
  • Do not water more than three times per week. 
  • Check your sprinklers to make sure they do not overspray. 
  • Make sure your hose has an shutoff nozzle.

For more information about our Water Use Code, or to tell us about water waste, click here

Looking for more ways to save water? Check out our rebates. 

Install a WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controller that automatically adjusts to local weather and landscape conditions to deliver just the right amount of water for your plants need. With proper installation and programming, these self-adjusting controllers reduce overwatering, which is better for your plants and for the environment. Marin Water offers a rebate of up to $100 to get you started.

Perhaps the best water-saving move you can make is trading in your thirsty lawn for low maintenance gorgeous landscaping with colorful blooms that require less water. 

Marin Water offers rebates of $1 for every square foot of lawn replaced. Or, if you replace at least 500-square feet of lawn, we’ll deliver free mulching material and an irrigation conversion kit.

Learn more about these programs and all of our rebates here.

For more information, contact our water-efficiency team at or call us at 415.945.1523 to schedule a free phone assessment and find out which of our programs is the best fit for you.

To learn more about our current water supply, reservoir levels and recent rainfall, visit our Water Watch page. The page is updated daily during the week and measures rainfall at Lake Lagunitas on the Mt. Tam watershed.