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Click Here for the Mandatory Watering Restrictions for the City of Redlands

The City of Redlands receives the majority of its water locally which means that we need to make every effort to conserve our resources. The last 5 years has had a significant impact on our local groundwater basin which is why we are still maintaining our watering restrictions. Please help us to conserve by adhering to the watering restrictions, it will ensure that we have water for future generations. Let's work together to help make water conservation a way of life here in California. 


Engineering Investigation of the Bunker Hill Basin 2016-2017

Engineering Investigation Bunker Hill Figures

Water Conservation Programs

Water Efficient Rebate Program

The City of Redlands offers rebates on water efficient products. Rebates are available for the purchase and installation of the following:
Incentive Item Rebate Amount
High Efficiency Sprinklers $4/Sprinkler
Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers $150 
High Efficiency Washing Machines $100
High Efficiency Toilets $100
Drought Tolerant Plant Conversions $0.61/square foot
Synthetic Turf/Irrigation-less Groundcover Conversion $1/square foot, maximum rebate: $300
Small Grove Irrigation System Retrofit* Up to $1,000
Other** $1/150 gallons saved per year
*Small Grove Irrigation System Retrofit rebates are exempt from $500 cap and has limited funding. Item will be discontinued when funds are exhausted.  

**Additional products that can prove to reduce water consumption are also available for rebate. This allows Redlands customers, particularly in the industrial and commercial uses, to explore ways to improve water efficiency in their businesses. 

Pre-inspections and post-inspections are required for rebate eligibilityWork done prior to pre-inspections are not eligible. In order to set up a pre-inspection appointment call 909-798-7527 ext. 2.

Click here for rebate application. 


Free Water Use Analysis

The City of Redlands offers free water use analysis' to customers within their service area. Upon request, Water Conservation staff will conduct a site visit to discuss any needs or questions you may have on reducing water consumption in irrigation, leak detection, and through general water conservation tips. If interested, please contact the Water Conservation Division at 909-798-7527 x2.

Irrigation Timer Scheduling

With mandatory watering restrictions and irrigation limitations in effect, some customers have had difficulties setting their irrigation timers. Let us help! City staff will review your timer to ensure your watering schedule is correct. Additionally, City staff will provide further guidance on proper time durations. This service is free to Redlands water customers and can be scheduled at 909-798-7527 x2.

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

A low water use yard does not have to be just cactus or succulents. There are many different types of drought tolerant landscapes that contain a lot of color and vibrancy. The climate in Redlands is described as a Mediterranean environment, which means hot and dry summers with mild, wet winters. There are many beautiful plants that thrive in this type of environment. Unfortunately, our traditional turf grass lawns are not native to this area and require a lot of water. Consider taking out some of your grass that is not frequently used, such as your front yard, and replacing it with appealing drought tolerant flowers, trees, or shrubs. 


Cal State San Bernardino Demonstration Garden

Landscapes with a Purpose: Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens are a shallow, depressed garden that captures stormwater from from roof tops, gutters, and streets and allows it to infiltrate into the ground within 24-48 hours. The soil and sand in rain gardens are able to filter out many pollutants that come off of roof tops and streets. Also, rain gardens that are planted with native California plants require 75% less irrigation than grass lawns and can add a unique and beautiful element as an alternative to traditional grass lawns. 

Bioretention Cells are very similar to rain gardens except bioretention cells typically have a perforated pipe and gravel underneath for drainage whereas rain gardens rely on native soil and sand components for drainage.

Why install a rain garden? Not only do rain gardens collect water and divert it to the groundwater and help recharge the basin but they can lessen storm water runoff which flows down pavement and roadways collecting pollutants such as copper, lead, zinc, phosphorus, nitrogen, oil, grease, soil, detergents, and organic matter which then flow into storm drainage systems and into our waterways. Diverting rainwater into rain gardens not only reduces the amount of pollutants in our waterways and recharges the groundwater but can lessen the maintenance of existing city infrastructure.

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University of California Cooperative Extension: Rain Gardens Benefits, Planning, and Maintenance

RainScapes: Environmentally Friendly Landscapes for Healthy Watersheds

Rain Garden Calculator: Calculating rain garden size based on rainfall soil type, and slope

California Native Plants for Rain Gardens

More California Native Plants for Rain Gardens

Rain Gardens: Storm Water Control for Small Projects

Rain Gardens and Swales

Rain Garden Concept for Homeowners


Water Conservation in Action: City Fire Stations

As part of the City's Water Efficiency Landscape Project, drought-tolerant landscape renovations have been completed at all four City fire stations.

Each fire station was designed to display a different plant palette, each highlighting a specific theme. Fire Station #261, was coined the “Califriendly” palette, using a variety of California-friendly plants with variations in color and textures that are easily attainable at local nurseries. Fire Station #262 incorporates a Mediterranean palette, rich in green foliage and herbs that thrive in dry-summer climates.  Identifiable by their fragrance, herbs such as Lavender and Rosemary adorn the landscape. Fire station #263 mirrors our local foothills.  Designed to include dry riverbeds and California shrubs such as California Lilacs and Matilija Poppy, this landscape is sure to please your neighbors and reduce your water usage.  An even drier look can be found at Fire Station #264 which exhibits a desert palette, highlighting plants found in the most arid regions such as Ocotillo, Palo Verde, agaves and aloes, which are all surrounded by different and colorful decomposed granites. By utilizing these different plant palettes, residents are exposed to a variety of different water-wise plant options that suite different landscape tastes and styles.

To prevent waste through overspray and runoff, existing spray irrigation was replaced with drip irrigation for trees, shrubs and groundcovers and subterranean irrigation was used for warm season grasses found. Over 100 water-wise plants types outfit the previous 30,000 square feet of turf grass removed. In Southern California, water-wise plants use only 25 percent of the water consumed by traditional turf grass.  Add to this the reduction in maintenance expenses and time and these examples are winners. Residents are encouraged to visit these demonstration gardens for ideas for their own water-wise landscape conversions.

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Fire Station #261: Calfriendly
Fire Station #262: Mediterranean
Fire Station #263: Local Foothills 
Fire Station #264: Desert
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Water Conservation in Education

Inland Solar Challenge

The Inland Solar Challenge is a student-based competition that requires high school teams to design, build, and ultimately race a solar-powered boat. Teams are tested on the boats endurance, speed and maneuvering abilities. To raise awareness on the importance of water conservation, the event also integrates a team presentation on various scenarios water districts are challenged with in order to conduct sustainable practices. The event is held every year at Yucaipa Regional Park.

The 2017 event will be held May 19-21, 2017. Seven schools and over 100 students attend the three day event.


                                             Redlands East Valley High School

                                                       Second place, 2014

8th Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest

To promote public awareness about water conservation, the City of Redlands holds an annual water conservation poster contest for children grades 1st-5th in the Redlands water service area.  Each year, a winner is chosen and used on the labels of the City Bottled water which is available for donation for non-profit organizations within our water service area. The theme this year was "Help Out in the Drought and Trade your Lawn Out". Congratulations to Sadie, our 2016 winner!!


Helpful Hints and Tips

Did you know?

Included on every utility bill is a water conservation message printed directly on the utility bills as well as occasional custom-designed bill inserts that offer water conservation tips and advertise Redlands Water Survey program. In addition, each customer bill shows a graphical chart of the customer's historical water use and a textual explanation of the data shown on the bill. This information is intended to display the usage patterns to signal to customers the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce water waste.



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