Conservation Questions

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1. How can I save more water from what I used last year?

Typically more than 50% of residential water use is outdoors. To reduce consumption, adjusting how your landscape is watered will provide the greatest savings. Of course, replacing your home’s older, water-wasting fixtures will help too. Schedule a Water-Wise House Call to learn how to make those sprinkler adjustments and other ways to save water.

2. How do I know if I have a leak?

If you have a water meter, the quickest way to determine if you have a leak is to check the low-flow indicator on your meter. To do this, be sure all water is turned off both indoors and out. After you’re certain all water is turned off, look at the low-flow indicator on your meter. If the small blue or red wheel is turning – even if it’s turning slowly – you have a leak. Schedule a Water-Wise House Call to learn how to check for leaks.

3. How do I know what plants are drought tolerant?

SSWD has a water efficient landscape (WEL) garden that features low water use plants, trees and grasses. To learn more, take a self-guided tour of the garden from May through October during the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. Antelope Garden is located at 7800 Antelope North Road, Antelope. Admission is free. You can also review the Water Use Classification of Landscape Species list.

4. How do I keep water from going into the gutter?

Eliminating gutter flooding can be very tricky depending on the cause.  To check what could be causing the gutter flooding turn on your sprinklers one station at a time and look for sprinklers that are misdirected on to the driveway or sidewalk and redirect them to the intended area.  Also, check your sprinkler run times.  Most lawns in the Sacramento area need about 5-10 minutes of water twice per day in the morning or evening.  Any longer and the soil may become so saturated that it cannot hold anymore water causing the water to run off into the gutter.  Efficient outdoor watering is the key to eliminating water runoff. Schedule a Water-Wise House Call with one of our trained professionals. They will evaluate your soil and turf type, assess any slopes in your yard and develop a watering schedule customize to meet your lawn and garden needs.  This service is provided at no direct cost to you!

5. How much does it cost to fill a pool?

The cost of filling a pool is based on knowing two factors: the capacity of the pool and the unit cost of water. Each unit of water represents 748 gallons. Assume a unit of water costs $1.00. If your pool holds 25,000 gallons of water, divide that number by 748 gallons: 25,000 ÷ 748 = 33 units of water. Multiply the units of water by the unit cost of water based on the District's 2 tier rate structure:

First 10 units = $0.94 per unit = 10 x 0.94 = $9.40

Each unit >10 = $1.17 per unit = 23 x 1.17 = $26.91

Total cost to fill a 25,000 gallon pool: $9.40 + $26.91 = $36.31

6. Does the District offer rebates? How do I obtain one?

The District does offer rebates for various upgrades. Check out the Water Conservation Rebates page for availability.

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