Fresh, clean drinking water is yours to use whenever you need it. But not to waste! It’s too valuable. Remember that a little effort, and a little common sense will make a big difference. Wise water use will ensure that the City of Redlands will have an abundant water supply for this generation, and for generations to come. Below are some tools and references to resources that will help you to become "Water Wise".
Water Conservation Programs
Water Efficient Rebate Program
The City of Redlands offers rebates on water efficient products. Rebates are available for the purchase and installation of the following:
- High efficiency toilets
- High efficiency washing machines
- Weather based smart irrigation timers
- High efficiency nozzles
- Synthetic turf
- Drought Tolerant Landscaping
- Small Grove Irrigation System Retrofits
Additional products that can prove to reduce water consumption are also available for rebate. This allows Redlands customers, particularly in the industrial and commercial uses, to explore ways to improve water efficiency in their businesses.
Pre-inspections and post-inspections are required for rebate eligibility. Work done prior to pre-inspections are not eligible.
Application and complete details for eligible products:
Free Water Use Analysis
The City of Redlands offers free water use analysis' to customers within their service area. Upon request, Water Conservation staff will conduct a site visit to discuss any needs or questions you may have on reducing water consumption in irrigation, leak detection, and through general water conservation tips. If interested, please contact the Customer Service Division at 909-798-7516.
Irrigation Timer Scheduling
With mandatory watering restrictions and irrigation limitations in effect, some customers have had difficulties setting their irrigation timers. Let us help! City staff will review your timer to ensure your watering schedule is correct. Additionally, City staff will provide further guidance on proper time durations. This service is free to Redlands water customers and can be scheduled at 909-798-7527 x2.
Drought Tolerant Landscaping
A low water use yard does not have to be just cactus or succulents. There are many different types of drought tolerant landscapes that contain a lot of color and vibrancy. The climate in Redlands is described as a Mediterranean environment, which means hot and dry summers with mild, wet winters. There are many beautiful plants that thrive in this type of environment. Unfortunately, our traditional turf grass lawns are not native to this area and require a lot of water. Consider taking out some of your grass that is not frequently used, such as your front yard, and replacing it with appealing drought tolerant flowers, trees, or shrubs.
Water Conservation in Action
As part of the City's Water Efficiency Landscape Project, drought-tolerant landscape renovations are underway at the downtown Redlands Fire Station No. 261, located at 525 E. Citrus Ave.
The City Council awarded the contract for Fire Station No. 261 Water Efficiency Landscape Project on Aug. 3 to TLC Landscape Services Inc. of Redlands in the amount of $35,839.65. Project costs will be funded by the City of Redlands water rebate fund, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and a Proposition 84 grant. No General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.
Enhancements to the station landscaping are anticipated to be complete in approximately one month.
Fire Station No. 261's plant palette was designed with a "Califriendly" theme, a plant palette with variation in color, California climate-friendly, and plants that are easy accessible. The landscaping at the other three City fire stations will be converted to xeriscape gardens as well and are currently in design. Each site will be designed with different plant palette themes: Mediterranean, inland foothill or native, to provide the public with examples of different drought-tolerant plants that help promote water conservation.
Water Conservation in Education
Inland Solar Challenge
The Inland Solar Challenge is a student-based competition that requires high school teams to design, build, and ultimately race a solar-powered boat. Teams are tested on the boats endurance, speed and maneuvering abilities. To raise awareness on the importance of water conservation, the event also integrates a team presentation on various scenarios water districts are challenged with in order to conduct sustainable practices. The event is held every year at Yucaipa Regional Park.
The 2014 event was held May 16th-18th. 7 schools and over 120 students attended the three day event. Redlands East Valley High School, which represented the Redlands water service area took home 2nd place. Congratulations to Redlands East Valley High School for your hard work!
8th Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest
To promote public awareness about water conservation, the City of Redlands holds an annual water conservation poster contest for children grades 1st-5th in the Redlands water service area. Each year, a winner is chosen and used on the labels of the City Bottled water which is available for donation for non-profit organizations within our water service area. The theme this year was "Help Out in the Drought and Trade your Lawn Out". Congratulations to Sadie, our 2016 winner!!
Helpful Hints and Tips
Did you know?
Included on every utility bill is a water conservation message printed directly on the utility bills as well as occasional custom-designed bill inserts that offer water conservation tips and advertise Redlands Water Survey program. In addition, each customer bill shows a graphical chart of the customer's historical water use and a textual explanation of the data shown on the bill. This information is intended to display the usage patterns to signal to customers the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce water waste.
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