As stewards of our local water resources, we all have a responsibility to protect water and use it wisely. Many San Bernardino residents have done a great job learning to use water more efficiently, but to ensure sustainable water supplies for the future we must embrace conservation as a way of life and adopt new ways to save water every day. The San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD) provides water conservation programs and resources to promote water use efficiency and encourages customers to take daily steps to save our local water supplies.
Water Conservation Rebate Programs
SBMWD is proud to offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor water conservation rebate programs. Each residential customer is eligible for up to $2,000 in water conservation rebates. We encourage you to apply for your rebate today!
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Water Use Efficiency Standards
An important component of promoting long-term conservation is reducing outdoor water waste. In an effort to protect local water supplies and encourage efficient water use, outdoor water use restrictions remain in effect.
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Water Conservation Tips
Water conservation doesn’t have to mean sacrifice! Even small adjustments can make a big difference in your water use. It is our goal to help you on your way to water efficiency.
Following the driest first three months in California's recorded history, on May 24, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted emergency regulations to expand water conservation actions across the state.
The statewide regulations ban watering of ornamental turf at commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. Although the mandate may apply to non-functional turf at HOAs as well as some grass areas at institutional and commercial buildings, it does not affect irrigation of individual residential homes, watering of trees, or watering of grass used for recreational and/or other community purposes.
In addition to the watering ban of non-functional turf, the regulations require all California water suppliers to implement conservation actions under Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans. At this time, SBMWD continues to be in Stage 2A of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, where customers may continue to water outdoors for up to three days per week and fifteen minutes per station per day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before 8:00 a.m. and after 6:00 p.m.
On April 26, 2022, California’s largest water supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, recently approved the implementation of unprecedented water use restrictions that limit customer irrigation to one day per week. These actions do not apply to customers of the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department.
Two important pieces of California legislation, Senate Bill 606 (Hertzberg) and Assembly Bill 1668 (Friedman) were signed into effect in May 2018. The two bills outline long-term conservation goals for water providers across the state.
- Water agencies are required to calculate an annual water efficiency standard for their entire service area based on indoor residential water use, outdoor residential 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 water supplier’s 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 water efficiency 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. Water suppliers are responsible for meeting state-mandated efficiency targets.
The State Water Resource Control Board is currently working with urban water suppliers to implement the new statewide water efficiency standards. Over time, water efficiency standards will become more robust, gradually decreasing daily water use per person per day through 2030. Retail water suppliers, such as SBMWD, will be held to these standards, however, determining how compliance with the mandates is calculated is the responsibility of water suppliers.
Efficient water use is the most cost-effective and immediate way to achieve long-term conservation goals. As such, SBMWD is committed to sharing information, programs, and incentives to encourage and support water use efficiency for our customers. For more information on water use efficiency programs available to customers, please view SBMWD Water Conservation Rebates.
For more information about SB 606 and AB 1668 please visit the State Water Resources Control Board website.