Water Conservation

State of California's Conservation as a Way of Life

Water conservation is a way of life in the desert due to limited water resources.  Much of the State of California experiences regular periods of drought and as such the State of California has adopted a conservation framework to reduce water waste statewide.

Water Use Data is collected by the State to measure progress to meet the State's goals. Hi-Desert Water District has long been a leader in the effort to reduce water waste.  See how we measure up on the Objective Exploration Tool below. 

California has adopted a Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) as referenced in Title 24, Part II, Chapters 4 and 5 (CalGreen Building Code).  All local agencies must adopt, implement, and enforce the MWELO or a local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that is at least effective as the MWELO. that provides minimum design requirements for water-efficient landscaping in the state.  

Tips for Customers to Reduce Water Waste

Water conservation is important to protect our water resources and reduce the amount of water we need to purchase to recharge our groundwater basin.

  • Summer watering hours begin June 1 through September 30.  To reduce water waste and evaporation, customers may only water no more than 3 days a week, before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. 
  • Fix leaks right away - little leaks add up quickly.
  • Don't let the water run when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
  • Replace old plumbing fixtures and household appliances with low-water use options.
  • Avoid washing driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and/or building exteriors with potable water.  
  • Use a hose shut-off nozzle on all garden hoses.
  • Cover your pool to avoid excessive water loss due to evaporation.
  • Avoid washing hard surfaces that do not absorb water, like driveways and sidewalks.
  • Do not let the water run while doing dishes.
  • Dishwashers use less water than hand washing.
  • Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Capture water in a bucket when running the shower to get hot and use it to water indoor and outdoor plants.
  • Take a camp shower, consider installing showerheads with shut-off valves to limit water waste.

Other resource sites:

US EPA Water Sense 

Household Water Awareness Program

Hi-Desert Water District offers our customers a program to help identify leaks and find ways to save water around their homes. Customers wishing to learn more can contact customer service by phone at 760.365.8333 or email to learn more.