Fresh, clean drinking water is yours to use whenever you need it. But not to waste! It’s too valuable. Remember that a little effort, and a little common sense will make a big difference. Wise water use will ensure that the City of Redlands will have an abundant water supply for this generation, and for generations to come. Below are some tools and references to resources that will help you to become "Water Wise".
Water Conservation Programs
Water Efficient Rebate Program
|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|
**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 eligibility. Work done prior to pre-inspections are not eligible. In order to set up a pre-inspection appointment call 909-798-7527 ext. 2.
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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.
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.
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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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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