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Water Conservation


Use Water Wisely!

Californians have made great strides in their commitment to water conservation and are embracing wise water use as a daily habit. From taking shorter showers to transforming landscapes with California friendly plants, Californians are showing that conservation still matters and that even the smallest changes can have a big impact.

Regional Water Conservation Program Available to Tuolumne County Residents and Business Owners

Residential Program

All Tuolumne County residents are now eligible for the Watersense Toilet and Showerhead Rebate! Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD), and Twain Harte Community Service District (THCSD), in partnership with the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District, are offering a rebate of up to $100.00 for one Watersense labeled toilet and up to $25.00 for one Watersense labeled showerhead to residential homeowners.

Tuolumne County residents can qualify for the rebate as follows:

  1. 01. For Twain Harte CSD customers, visit twainhartecsd.comfor additional information and application form
    02. All other residents of Tuolumne County can receive their application through TUD. Please complete the attached application form and remember to include your receipts to be eligible for the rebate. Applications with receipts dated as of January 1, 2017 are eligible for the rebate. The rebate program is available until grant funding is exhausted. 

Business Owner Program

If you have a Tuolumne County business, you may be able to be reimbursed if you have recently purchased a low flow toilet. 

  • If you install low-flow WaterSense toilets at your business, you may receive up to 70% off the purchase price of your toilets. One application per business location. The toilet must be a WaterSense product.
  • Have a restaurant? There is funding available to reimburse you if you install a pre-rinse sprayer in your kitchen. A pre-rinse faucet with sprayer is perfect for rinsing excess food and sauces from your dishes prior to running them through your commercial dish machine. And this will save water and money. Receive a reimbursement of 70% of the purchase price of the pre-rinse sprayer. See the application and details listed below.

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program

Tuolumne Utilities District and the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District are offering a $200 rebate per household to any Tuolumne County resident for the purchase of a qualifying ENERGY STAR Certified high-efficiency clothes washer. This program applies to purchases starting from January 1, 2019. See the application and details listed below.

Landowner Resiliency Program through the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District

The Landowner Resiliency Program (LRP) engages with property owners to promote local onsite water treatments such as rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, stormwater management and water efficient landscaping. Landowners receive professional guidance to ensure their project is built to code specifications and maximize their water conservation goals. LRP assists with system design, planning, project management as well as material and tank rebates to help offset costs. Through this program, local landowners will efficiently manage their onsite water resources towards a more resilient future. 

For more details visit the WaterToolkit website.



Turf Replacement

As of August 12, 2015, the State has released information regarding the residential turf rebate program. The program will rebate up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement to water-efficient landscaping and has an overall budget of $24 million from Proposition 1 funding. The easiest way to complete the application is online at Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $2,000 per household. Consumers are eligible to replace turf that is living or dead (but not bare earth) at the time of the rebate application.

For more information and to apply for a State rebate, visit the State’s website, Save Our Water Rebates.

Water Conservation Efforts

TUD continues to promote water conservation. In partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources, statewide water conservation education is available to consumers with information on reducing household water use, both indoors and outdoors. Save Our Water is expanding its focus on changing long-term water-use behavior to help Californians keep the momentum they have built as they answer the call to save water. Check out the website today for additional water conservation tips.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners

TUD is glad to partner with the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners who offer FREE advice and guidance to help all residents manage gardens and landscapes during this drought. Visit the University of California Tuolumne County Master Gardeners website today by clicking here.


Does your toilet leak?

Leaks inside your toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day! Using toilet tank leak detector tablets give you a quick, easy way to check for leaks. Stop by TUD’s offices at 18885 Nugget Blvd., in Sonora to pick up your free toilet tank leak detector tablets.

Gardening in the Sierra Foothills

Tuolumne Utilities District has teamed up with the local Master Gardeners in an effort to continue to educate our customers about various ways to conserve water. For tips on gardening in your area, visit the University of California Tuolumne County Master Gardeners website by clicking here. Stop by TUD’s office today to pick up the latest TUD and Master Gardener’s brochure on “Save Water in your Garden and Landscape” or “Foothill-Friendly Gardening”. Garden Information Or you may download these Garden Information brochures by downloading below:

During the 2014-15 drought period, TUD worked closely with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company to work towards a solution to Tuolumne County’s water supply issues. 


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