Water conservation is a cornerstone of our water management strategy and will continue to be so. Casitas Municipal Water District offers many water-saving programs to assist both residential and commercial customers. Please explore this page to learn more about our water-saving programs such as rebates, free water conservation devices, residential and commercial surveys, and the assistance we provide to our agricultural customers.
Frequently Asked Questions
As outlined in the Water Efficiency and Allocation Program (WEAP), there are five drought stages with each placing progressively greater restrictions on non-essential uses such as outdoor irrigation. We are currently at Stage 3.
In Stage 3 drought conditions, the water restrictions for residential customers are:
- Hoses must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle when in use;
- Irrigation with potable water is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for automatic systems for all residential customers;
- Irrigation with potable water that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or parking structures is prohibited; and
- Irrigation during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall is prohibited.
Yes, at Stage 3 drought conditions, our WEAP target is to reduce our annual normal water demand by 30% with water conservation measures. This target is reflected in every customer’s assigned water allocation, which can be updated depending on the stage of drought we are in. If customers adhere to their assigned allocations, our current water use reduction target will be met.
Any water saved now can help prevent more severe actions needed in the future as drought conditions continue. Casitas urges all customers (residential, business, commercial, and agricultural) to continue to evaluate their water use and practice conservation. The District provides water surveys free of charge to all our customers. Please contact Corban Suggs, Water Conservation Technician, at 805-649-2251 extension 128 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The long-term average annual rainfall for this area is approximately 21 inches. As of June 2020, the water available in Lake Casitas is approximately 104,000 acre-feet, which is about 44% of total capacity. The 50-inch rainfall years of 1995 and 1998 brought approximately 55,000 acre-feet into Lake Casitas storage. It would take at least two years like 1995 or 1998 to refill Lake Casitas to a full storage capacity.
Water conservation is a California way of life and will remain an important part of water management even when the current drought is over. On May 31, 2018, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 606 which are designed to overhaul California’s approach to water conservation. The State is currently developing water conservation regulations anticipated to take effect in 2023. Casitas is monitoring the regulations, and anticipates meeting or exceeding the State’s given current conservation levels.
Water Saving Tips!
Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set the sprinklers for longer interval times or days in between watering. Saves 750 to 1,500 gallons a month. Also, make sure your sprinklers are not watering the sidewalks.
Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves 20 gallons a day for every leak fixed.
Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons a month.
Watch your water use when brushing your teeth, doing dishes by hand, shaving to make sure you are not letting water run freely down the drain.
When washing your dishes or clothes only do full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons a month.
Slightly shorter showers. One to two-minutes less in the shower can save up to 700 gallons a month.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month.
Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons a month.
Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or your garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons a month.