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From the top of the Mt. Tam watershed, to the pipeline project in your neighborhood, Marin Water staff work 24/7 to protect our water supply and support our community. Stay up to date about news and events happening at Marin Water. Reach out any time with questions, or for more information. We are here to help. 

Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Climate

With record-breaking temperatures, an increasing number of wildfires and drought conditions in most parts of the state, the water district’s ability to be ready and resilient is critical. 

As Marin County’s largest water provider, Marin Water has the responsibility to provide customers with a safe, reliable supply of water, even under challenging conditions. Emergency preparedness, strategically managing our water supply, and water conservation programs are all part of that effort.

To address the increasing potential for wildfires, our extensive Biodiversity, Fire, and Fuels Integrated Plan (BFFIP) expands vegetation management on the Mt. Tamalpais watershed and takes an adaptive approach that benefits from the latest science and research. That plan includes collaborating with fire officials on prescribed burns to reduce potential fuel for fires, and the removal of invasive broom in fuelbreaks. It also includes vegetation management that encourages a healthier ecosystem. Protecting the watershed from wildfires is a critical part of preserving our reservoirs and our core water supply. 

Gearing up now for drier periods ahead with our supply is also important. About 75 percent of our water supply comes from our reservoirs, and the remaining 25 percent comes from neighboring Sonoma Water’s Russian River water system. Marin Water has strategically increased the amount of water purchased from Sonoma Water to supplement its watershed supply. Supplementing our supply now will better position us to withstand drought conditions.

Conservation is Key to Building Resiliency

Perhaps the best tool in successfully building resilience to drought conditions is conservation―using water efficiently and wisely preserves our water supply and carries us through drier periods ahead. 

Trading in your thirsty lawn for more water-efficient landscaping; installing and maintaining “smart” irrigation controllers that self-adjust to deliver just the right amount of water your plants need; and graywater systems that reuse water for irrigation are all great options. Marin Water offers rebates and money-saving incentives for these and other conservation programs, and you can learn more about these programs here

The challenges we face brought on by our changing climate are substantial. The best solutions will involve a healthy mix of planning, preparedness and community collaboration to ensure we have an ample water supply to carry us through whatever lies ahead. We are always stronger, together.

How to Stay Safe While Visiting the Watershed

Our Mt. Tamalpais watershed typically sees more than 2 million visitors annually. And since the pandemic started in the spring, we have seen a large increase in visitors using our watershed trails, roads and relaxing alongside our reservoirs.

These are stressful times, and the Mt. Tam watershed is a precious community resource. The watershed is open to all visitors, for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Visit this page for more information about recreation activities on the watershed.

Please be respectful and share the roads and trails. We ask that all our visitors maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing, and please wear a mask if you cannot maintain that distance. If you are not feeling well, or if you have a fever, please do not visit the watershed until you are feeling better. 

Let’s work together to create a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. 

There is no doubt, these are challenging times for all of us. COVID-19 has created uncertainty about what lies ahead. Your water is one thing you don’t have to worry about. If you need help paying your bill, we offer discount programs and payment plans. We also offer discounts for those with medical needs. Rest assured that your water will not be turned off due to nonpayment, and there will be no late fees if you fall behind. 

To learn more about our discounted rate programs and eligibility requirements, click here

While our Corte Madera offices are temporarily closed due to the pandemic, we are still on the job. You can reach our customer service team during our normal business hours, Mondays through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at 415.945.1400 or email CustomerService@MarinWater.org.

For water emergencies, our Operations Center is open 24/7 and available at 415.945.1500.

Marin Water is installing a new pipeline under a portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield, replacing old pipes that date back to 1920.

The new pipeline, which also has features that will improve its seismic reliability, is part of our ongoing work to upgrade aging infrastructure and improve the overall reliability of our system. The cost of the project is $3.9 million, and the majority of the work will occur at night to minimize traffic disruptions. Drivers in the area can expect partial lane closures and some traffic delays.

Construction is being done in tandem with Marin County’s Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project, “Upgrade the Drake,” to reduce costs and minimize disruptions. Construction began in June and continues through June of 2022. To learn more, call 415.688.7613 or visit www.upgradethedrake.com.

Looking for some easy ways to trim your water bill and help conserve our precious water resources? Consider taking advantage of these indoor and outdoor rebates that will help you save water and money.

  • Our Landscape Your Lawn turf replacement incentives offer customers a rebate of $1 per square foot of lawn replaced, or free sheet mulching material and a free irrigation conversion kit, plus free delivery. 
  • Install a qualifying WaterSense smart irrigation controller at your home or business and receive a rebate of up to $100. You can program your Smart irrigation controller to deliver just the right amount of water your plants need.
  • Ready for the rain? Purchase and install a rain barrel, and receive a rebate of up to 50 cents per gallon of storage—that’s $25 for a 50-gallon barrel. 
  • Replacing older clothes washers with new high-efficiency models is an easy way to trim your water bill and help conserve our precious water resources. We'll even pay you to make the switch! Saving water will save you money, and you may qualify for a rebate of up to $100.

Learn more about our rebates and incentives here