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Emergency Drought Restrictions Lifted - Use Water Wisely

On Friday, April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order B-40-17 to lift the drought emergency restrictions in all California counties except Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne, where emergency drinking water projects will continue to help address diminished groundwater supplies. The order also rescinds two previous emergency proclamations from January and April 2014 four drought–related executive orders issued in 2014 and 2015. The action ends the statewide emergency drought proclamation put in place by the Governor on January 17, 2014.

How this applies to TUD

Although groundwater appears to be an issue still facing residents in Tuolumne County, TUD’s surface water supply is exceptional this year and TUD is not currently facing drought restrictions.

Not withstanding the current watershed conditions, TUD’s water supply outlook is dependent on weather conditions and fluctuates depending upon how those conditions affect the snowpack in the watershed. So, while the District’s water conditions outlook is presently favorable, it is susceptible to revision if the watershed experiences any long, warm and sustained dry periods this spring and summer.

The watershed upon which TUD relies on, resets itself each year and is entirely dependent on snowpack developing in the winter to supply water in the summer. The District encourages customers to use water wisely.

More information regarding the State Water Resources Control Board water conservation actions can be found at:

Regional Water Conservation Program Available to 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 will be available through grant funding until funds are 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.




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 WaterBuilding on the program’s successes, 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.


Did 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:


Pick the best lawn for conservation provided by UCDavis, Agriculture and Natural Resources, California Drought Preparedness – Protecting California’s Most Precious Resource: Water, and California Department of Water Resources - Climate Change

Guide to Healthy Lawns

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