EVMWD Moves to Reduce Water Consumption in Response to Drought by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Jun 10, 2022 Member Submitted News LAKE ELSINORE – In response to the ongoing drought in California, the Governor’s Executive Order to reduce water consumption, and the State Water Resources Control Board’s recently passed regulations and mandates, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) is enacting new water guidelines to meet the State’s water reductions. Through public participation in conservation efforts, EVMWD has set a goal to reduce local water consumption by 10 to 20 percent. “Our customers have always responded to the call to conserve water and now we are asking everyone to step up their efforts through the summer months,” said Greg Thomas, EVMWD General Manager. “There are simple steps that we can all take to ensure our limited water resources are used wisely.” EVMWD water reduction guidelines are aligned with those of the state of California and include the following: Limit landscape irrigation to no more than 3 times per week and only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Adjust irrigation systems to avoid overspray and overwatering. Water by hand using a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle or drip irrigation system if watering during the day. Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation. Do not fill uncovered swimming pools. Operation of fountains and similar structures must be equipped with a recirculating system. Fix leaky faucets, toilets, pipes and irrigation systems. Do not wash driveways or sidewalks with water. Wash your vehicle only with a hose and shutoff nozzle. To aid in customer awareness of the current water saving guidelines, EVMWD has shared drought updates at evmwd.com/conservation. In addition, EVMWD customers can learn about water-saving rebates and incentives for both home and business. Since 2013, the population in EVMWD’s service area has increased by 8 percent; however, our overall water consumption has dropped by 6 percent – demonstrating the effectiveness of customers’ water efficiency efforts. “We thank our customers for always being water conscious and are confident they will rise to the occasion during this ongoing drought,” added Greg Thomas. During this time of increased water conservation, EVMWD wants to help customers avoid excessive use costs. All customers are urged to stay within their water budget and avoid going over Tier 2 water use. More information about tiered water usage and water rates can be found at evmwd.com/rates. For additional information on California drought action, visit drought.ca.gov. #### EVMWD provides service to more than 159,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square-mile area in Western Riverside County. The District is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD website at www.evmwd.com for additional information.