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Borrego Water District Suggested Conservation Resources


Last updated 6/18/2015 at 10:40am

A. Inside a home:

Take shorter showers, fill the bath tub with less water

Turn off running water when brushing teeth or washing hands

Wash only a full load of clothes

Use an efficient dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes

See Resources below for many more suggestions

Resources:, 888-376-3314


Install efficient clothes washer, dishwashers, toilets, shower heads

and “point of use” water heaters or retrofit recirculating systems for

an existing water heater

Rebates are available from SDGE –

Free sink aerators, shower heads and the like are available at:

Rebates may also become available from the State of California

B. Outside the home:

Promptly fix all leaks

Resource – BWD Handout: How to read your BWD meter

Only use a hose with a spray nozzle and a bucket to wash cars or wash your car

at a commercial facility in town

Vacuum patios and driveways instead of washing them down

Don’t allow a hose to run without a shutoff nozzle

Turn off decorative fountains, streams and water features for the summer

and do not refill before November 30, 2015

Pools should have both a cover and a recirculating system

Rebates from SDGE for variable speed pumps – see above

Do not exchange pool water until after November 30, 2015

Plan pool repairs for after November 30, 2015

C. In the Garden

Helpful tip:

Vegetation can be removed, replaced or weaned from an existing

water schedule:

When removing, where practicable, leave the roots to hold the soil and control dust

When replacing or adding plants do so in late fall when the weather is cooler and less water is need to establish the roots

When weaning an established oleander, tree or shrubs, cut back the plant’s foliage by the same percent water will be reduced (i.e. 25% less water = 25% less foliage). This reduces the stress on the plant and is particularly important during warm weather. Water may also be reduced in measured stages.

During the summer:

Turn the water off to plants slated to be replaced or removed

Routinely check water wells and repair blow outs

Cap or repair leaking irrigation

Install irrigation timers

Set timer to run over night, finishing close to dawn

Mulch beds to reduce evaporation

Retain a spring watering schedule until daytime temperatures regularly

exceed 100 degrees. Watch plants for evidence of stress.

Install more efficient watering system to activate when temperatures drop

After the summer temperatures drop:

Install and operate more efficient watering systems

Wean plants from summer schedule, keep overnight watering schedule

In place until cold temperatures arrive

Plant or transplant Drought resistant plants

Routinely check water wells and repair blow outs, repair leaks

After December 10, 2015:

Refill fountains, decorative water features in public areas if equipped with recirculating systems and refill or exchange water in pools, as required.

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