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Dealing with Drought Conditions

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Drought is Here: It's Time to Conserve 

With hot and dry summer months right around the corner, our reservoir storage levels are at only 53 percent. Typically at this time of year our reservoirs are almost full, with over 90 percent capacity. Now is the time to do all we can to save our limited water supply.

We’re here to help you save water with conservation tips and programs. We also offer rebates to save you money. Here are some things you can do today to start saving water:

  • Request a personalized review of your water usage. A water efficiency expert will schedule a phone consultation with you to come up with an individualized plan to help you save water. 
  • Make sure you have water-efficient fixtures. Request free hose shutoff nozzles, faucet aerators and showerheads. 
  • Contact us at 415.945.1523 or email Conservation@MarinWater.org to schedule your phone consultation or to have water-efficient fixtures sent to your home or business. 

More Ways To Conserve

The biggest water savings can be found outdoors. We are asking all customers to voluntarily turn off their irrigation systems. If necessary, water only by hand no more than three days a week. To reduce evaporation, water only before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

Consider replacing your lawn with drought resistant plants to save even more water. Install a smart irrigation controller that automatically adjusts to weather and landscaping to deliver just the right amount of water. We offer rebates to help.

Simple Changes to your Daily Routine Make a Difference

  • Don’t wash sidewalks, walkways, driveways or other hard surfaced areas. Use a broom instead.
  • Don’t wash your car at home. Take it to a carwash that uses recycled water instead.
  • Check for leaks and fix them as soon as you find them.
  • Replace your older washing machine with a high-efficiency model and apply for a rebate of up to $100.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do laundry and dishes only when you have a full load.
  • Hold off on refilling decorative fountains, swimming pools and hot tubs until drought conditions end. 

Spread the Word

Watch for Water Waste

Saving water is a team effort. If you see water waste, please let us know. You can report it using this online form, email Conservation@MarinWater.org or call 415.945.1523.

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.