Conservation

save water handAs 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!

View the Water Conservation Rebates page

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. 

View the Water Use Efficiency Standards page

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.

Find tips, incentives, and inspirations to help you save water (PDF)

  1. Emergency Drought Regulations
  2. California Drought Monitor
  3. CA Conservation Regulations

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.