Mandated water conservation
If you haven’t already heard, the State Water Resources Control Board of California has imposed new mandatory water restrictions. Glendora households must limit water usage to 125 gallons per person per day.
What does this mandate mean for residents? That depends on your water usage. Beginning with the basics, here’s how to read the details of your water bill and determine what your daily water consumption is.
How to calculate your Residential Gallons Per Capita Per Day (R-GPDC) usage:
• On your water bill, find your usage figure; it’s located in the right-hand column under “Current Water Charges” (In Units).
• Multiply your usage by 748 (each unit of usage represents 748 gallons)
• Divide that figure by 60 (approximate number of days in a billing cycle)
• Divide that by the number of people in your household
• That gives you your R-GPCD
• The State Water Resources Control Board is currently mandating that Glendora household’s R-GPCD be 125 gallons or less. However, toward the end of this year, the R-GPCD may be reduced again to 70-100.
Here is an example of what a four person household’s water usage might look like:
56 units are used
56 x 748 = 41,888 gallons used
41,888 divided by 60 (number of days in a billing cycle) = 698.13 (number of gallons used each day)
698.13 divided by 4 (number of people in the household) = 175 (number of gallons used per person per day )
According to the State Water Board, this household would be required to reduce usage by 200 gallons per day in order to be in compliance.
Some ways you can reduce your water usage:
• Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable and can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. A sink that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
• The average running faucet or shower uses approximately 3-5 gallons per minute. By taking shorter showers and turning off the water when you wash dishes, brush your teeth and shave you can reduce usage significantly.
• Make sure your kitchen and bathroom faucets are fitted with water-efficient aerators. At under $5.00 a pop, replacing older faucet aerators – the screw-on tip of a faucet – with new water-efficient ones can be one of the most cost-effective water conservation measures your household can do.
• Schedule a water efficiency consultation with one of Glendora’s Conservation Staff. Reviews are designed to provide residents and business owners with conservation tips and techniques for interior and exterior water use. It normally takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete and is free of charge.
• Use full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
• Use drip irrigation for watering landscaping rather than a hose.
• Water only when necessary and no more than two days a week.
• Water only when it’s cool outside to reduce evaporation; early morning or evening is best.
• Do not wash down driveways and sidewalks; instead, use a broom.
• Use a shut-off valve when you wash your car (available at the City Water Department)
• Install water efficient toilets and appliances (rebates are available)
• Replace turf with drought tolerant plants (rebates are available)
• Install smart water meters (rebates are available)
Information about rebates, audits and additional water conservation assistance is available by contacting the Glendora Water Department at 626-852-4838 or emailing Water Conservation staff Jennifer Aguilar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special note about caring for trees during a drought:
Trees are especially important to our environment, providing shade and cooling, reducing water evaporation and adding to the beauty of our city. Often, when homeowners stop watering their lawns, trees stop receiving water and can become vulnerable to insects and disease. While reducing your overall water usage please remember to allocate some for your trees. However, mature native Oak trees do not need watering in the dry season as it could cause problems with a root fungus. For more information about caring for mature trees please see the following link: http://canopy.org/caring-for-trees/caring-for-mature-trees/
What the City of Glendora is doing about the drought:
The City’s immediate focus is on reducing overall water usage while protecting our trees and maintaining existing landscaping. The City’s mitigation plan includes the following steps:
• Reduce watering of City property which includes parks and sports fields. Additionally, the SWRCB has mandated that we cease all watering of turf on street medians.
• Install drip irrigation for city trees in order to keep them healthy while all other watering is reduced or eliminated altogether.
• Focus on promoting the Water Dept. rebate programs for turf replacement with drought tolerant plants or artificial turf, along with rebates for water efficient toilets and appliances.
• Request that residential watering be limited to two-days a week. Those two days can be decided by the resident.
• Continue the current requirement that hoses must be used with an automatic shut off nozzle.
• Require that restaurants serve water only when specifically asked by the customer.
• Encourage residents to call the Water Department at 626-852-4838 for a home Water Use Efficiency Review. It will include checks for leaks, a review of your irrigation system and suggestions for water usage reduction.
• Offer water reduction information for residents via our website, mailings, and town hall meetings.
Please visit the City’s website to obtain more information and to see examples of newly landscaped yards with drought tolerant plants. Also available for viewing is a presentation that Glendora City Manager Jeffers made regarding the SWRCB mandates and how the City of Glendora is planning to meet this challenge. You can view the video below.