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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.

New State Long-Term Water Use Efficiency Legislation Information

On May 31, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed long-term water-use efficiency bills AB 1668 (Friedman, D-Glendale) and SB 606 (Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys) into law. The new water use efficiency laws, AB 1668 and SB 606, provide an interrelated framework intended to strengthen the state’s water resiliency in the face of future droughts by establishing standards and guidelines for efficient water use. These bills were intended to implement the Brown Administration’s April 2017 water conservation policy framework Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) are the state agencies with primary responsibility for administering the new water use efficiency legislation.

As A TUD Customer What You Should Know

Tuolumne Utilities District is closely monitoring the guidelines and implementation for these long-term water-use efficiency requirements. The water-use efficiency targets will be set for an entire service area and are scheduled to go into effect in 2023. The new water use efficiency laws build upon and essentially replace the current “20×2020” requirements for “urban water suppliers” (water agencies serving 3,000 or more connections or 3,000 or more acre feet) to have reduced water use by 20% from a prescribed baseline by the year 2020. The new laws still focus mostly on urban water suppliers,  which TUD is considered under the State’s guidelines.  

  • Water agencies such as TUD, are required to calculate a water efficiency standard for their entire service area annually based on indoor residential water use; outdoor water use; and commercial, industrial and institutional irrigation.
  • The standard of 55 gallons per person per day for indoor residential water use is not intended as an enforceable standard for individuals. It is one of several elements used to calculate the overall efficiency standard for a service area.
  • Individuals will not be responsible for State Water Resources Control Board fines. Instead, the State Water Board can fine water agencies up to $10,000 per day if the agency does not meet its cumulative standard.
  • There is no law against showering and doing laundry on the same day. There are no specific statewide laws that require individual households to meet any specific targets. The targets will be set for an entire service area and are scheduled to go into effect in 2023.

FACT Sheet 

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 SaveOurWater.com 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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