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Water conservation is critical in times of drought, but it is also needed in times of plenty because water is a precious, yet limited, resource. By implementing water conservation practices our customers save money, protect drinking water and, of course, prevent water waste!

Increase water demand may cause utilities to exceed their current water allotment. Ultimately, our customers will have the financial burden of acquiring additional water rights.  Save money now! Most excessive water use is attributed to over watering, irrigation leaks and timer malfunction. Properly manage your irrigation systems and save thousands of gallons monthly. For more information, download our water conservation flyers ("What to ask your Landscaper" and "Water Wise Irrigation Tips").

Protect your drinking water. Excessive irrigation is water conservation and a watershed concern! Over watering creates a pathway for fertilizer, salts, feces and waste to enter into Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the source of our drinking water and it is everyone’s responsibility to Keep Tahoe Clean

Water conservation is easy to do and may only require a small change in some of your daily habits. Follow the steps below to save money, energy, the environment, and of course water!

Basic tips for water conservation:

• Never water during the middle of the day
• Become re-acquainted with your broom, never hose off driveways and sidewalks
• Install an irrigation timer
• Replace and repair spray heads
• Water in short spurts rather than one long session
• Check out our local demonstration garden website.

Contact WASTE NOT for a free residential irrigation audit at (775) 832-1284

To calculate your home water use, and find out easy ways to save water, visit or

Sprinklers 101 Tools 

Irrigation season has started very early this year. Facing a long, dry summer, it is important that landscape irrigation be done efficiently and effectively. The Save Our Water program has launched a new “Sprinklers 101” web-based resource to provide information and online tools about water-efficient residential irrigation. Timed to coincide with May’s Water Awareness Month, this new site offers online, printed and video resources on water-efficient irrigation to homeowners and landscape professionals.

Save Our Water’s new website gives consumers the information they need to improve the water efficiency of their sprinkler system.  Even small changes can yield big water savings. Sprinklers 101 provides information on installing and converting an existing system to drip irrigation, information on smart controllers and links to sprinkler controller manuals (for homeowners who may not know how to program their current controller). Landscape professionals will find information about water-wise gardening, professional licensing, and education.

The Save Our Water program, which was created by the CA Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Association of CA Water Agencies (ACWA) in 2009, educates consumers on ways to reduce their household water use. Outdoor water use is a major focus of the program since, in many areas, 50% or more of residential water use goes to lawns and outdoor landscaping. 

Visit for more information.                                                                                                        

Lake Tahoe Home Landscaping Guide

A fabulous resource for learning about water conservation strategies is the UNR Cooperative Extension publication, “The Home Landscaping Guide for Lake Tahoe and Vicinity”. Click the link to check out this easy to read guide.

 You will need Adobe Reader to be able to download the above linked files. You can get it free and securely here: get_acrobat


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