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WELCOME TO THE CITY OF VACAVILLE WATER CONSERVATION PAGE

 

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 How much water I'm using  Ways to save water indoors  About regional drought conditions
 How to sign up for a water survey  Ways to save water outdoors  How to report water waste
 How to find out about rebates  How to read my water meter  
 Tips for watering my lawn    

 

   

   PGE PSPS POWER OUTAGE AND WATER USE

In general PGE Public Safety Power Shutoffs are not expected to affect water service delivery to the City. Your Utilities Department has taken measures to make as much water available for continued delivery of service in the event of a shutoff period. Citizens are encouraged to continue to use water efficiently and prudently during these periods. Therefore, we recommend that you consider the following measures to conserve water during the duration of a power outage:

  • Do not use water to conduct any non-critical activities such as washing your car. Use water only when necessary! 

  • Do not irrigate lawns and landscape during this period. Set automatic sprinkler controls to “off” or “rain” until the alert is terminated. Your landscape should not be hurt going without water for a couple of days.

  • Flush your toilets less throughout the day as much as you are comfortable, applying the practice of “If it’s Yellow Let it Mellow” (placing the toilet seat down helps). If you do not already have a water efficient toilet, place a plastic bottle filled with water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.

  • Spend no more than 5-10 minutes in the shower. A good practice is to rinse, turn off the water to soap and later, and turn the water back on long enough to rinse once again before shutting off the water.

  • Use the bathroom and kitchen sinks sparingly. Do not leave water running in between activities such as brushing teeth or shaving in the bathroom, or cleaning dishes in the kitchen.

  • Do not use water unless it’s absolutely necessary, and do not leave water running when not in use!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!

STATE CONTINUES WORK ON WATER EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS -

NO INDIVIDUAL FINES!

With the passage of AB 1668 and SB 606 into law in 2018, the State of California established long term water efficiency regulations designed to promote ongoing efficient use of water as well as improve water supply reliability needed to respond to potential future droughts. These goals will be implemented gradually over the next few years as mandatory targets for cities and agricultural agencies throughout the state. There are NO INDIVIDUAL FINES for "excess use" in place at this time! The standards will consist of the following primary components:

  • Water loss standard - to be determined by 2020 and applied per city/agency basis  
  • Residential indoor water use target - current target is 55 gallons per person (not household) per day, down to 50 gallons per day by 2030
  • Residential and Commercial outdoor water use targets - to be determined by 2022 and will consider irrigable area, climate, and water supply conditions

The above components will be part of a citywide water efficiency objective which the City will be required to report to the State starting in 2023. Failure to meet and comply with the objective by 2025 could result in enforcement action by the State. These targets are citywide and not by individual household, however the City will be working collaboratively with our residents to achieve individual water efficiency that collectively will help meet the citywide goals. To this end, the City will continue to provide updates on the establishment and implementation of these goals while providing education and resources to help residents improve and maintain water use efficiency. The good news is that our City has continued to save since the end of the drought, using 12% less water last year! Please see the attached Fact Sheet and be sure to check this webpage and/or the California Department of Water Resources website for ongoing updates.

Fast Facts on the Water Conservation Legislation (ID 255289)

What does 55 gallons of indoor water use a day look like per person?

  • 10 minute shower using low-flow showerhead: 20 gallons
  • 1 load of laundry using water efficient clothes washer: 15 - 30 gallons
  • 1 load of dishes using water efficient dishwasher: 4 gallons

WATER CONSERVATION to DATE

Vacaville's Water Use for this Year

 Month  2013  Use  2019  Use  %   -/+         -/+ to Date

Jan

 269 MG

 274 MG

+1.9%

+1.9%

Feb 

 291 MG

 240 MG

 -17.5%

 -8.2%

  Mar    

  405 MG 

 264 MG

 -34.8%

 -19.4%

  Apr    

 465 MG

 348 MG

 -25.2%

 -21.3%

   May    

 631 MG

 464 MG

 -26.5%

 -22.9%

Jun

 686 MG

 581 MG

 -15.3%

 -21.0%

Jul  

 748 MG

 648 MG

 -13.4%

 -19.3%

Aug

 718 MG

 671 MG

     -6.5%

  -17.2% 

   Sep

  616 MG   601 MG      -2.4%    -15.3%

   Oct

  528 MG   540 MG      +2.3%    -13.6%

   Nov

  388 MG   434 MG    +11.9%    -11.8%

MG = Million Gallons

Great job conserving water Vacaville!

Your ongoing water conservation efforts continue to be in line with the City's current water conservation goals! In order to continue achieving the desired 20% voluntary water conservation, the following suggestions are provided:

  • Irrigate no more than 10 - 15 minutes per station/cycle (may vary based on size and type of landscape)!
  • Keep showers under 10 minutes!
  • Fill your dishwasher before turning it on!
  • Fill your clothes washer when doing laundry!
  • Don't leave water running when not in use! 
  • Use water efficient appliances and fixtures!
  • Take advantage of the City and County's water conservation fixture, survey, and rebate programs!

KEEP YOUR TREES AND PLANTS ALIVE!   

Keeping trees and plants alive is good for the environment, so please water your trees and plants as needed. For more information on caring for your trees and landscape during a drought, you can click here.

For more information on any of the above programs or how to use your water efficiently, you may contact the City's Water Conservation office at 707-469-4123 or email us at utilitiesdept@cityofvacaville.com.