Water Conservation

Presently, El Toro Water District has adequate water supply available to meet new demands to its system as a result of growth. However, a key responsibility of El Toro Water District has been and continues to be the education of water users within its service area about the importance of water.

With this knowledge, users within the District service area are able to understand the complex water issues affecting Orange County, and Southern California and, more importantly, the need for planning and conservation. In addition to supporting the water conservation programs of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, El Toro Water District has developed its own local program.

Conservation Goals & Objectives
The goals of El Toro Water District’s water conservation program are to educate the general public within its service area through the promotion of water awareness, and encouraging where feasible, water conserving measures of El Toro Water District. The District will emphasize conservation in landscape applications and other uses around the exteriors of commercial/industrial buildings and residences. Ensuring that the import water supply continues to be of the highest quality will be a priority for the purpose of enhancing El Toro Water District’s recycled water production for beneficial reuse.
Conservation Guidelines
El Toro Water District’s water use efficiency staff uses a series of conservation measures developed by the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) as guidelines to safeguard this finite resource. With the signing of the CUWCC’s Memorandum of Understanding, El Toro Water District became one of the first agencies to adopt the Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for urban water conservation. As part of its Conservation Program, El Toro Water District has been promoting replacement of water-wasteful toilets with the new ultra-low-flush toilets. District customers are encouraged to replace their old toilets with the efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilets.
Permanent Mandatory Conservation Measures

Permanent mandatory conservation measures.

Outdoor Water Conservation The trend toward landscaping with Native and California Friendly plants is increasing and a regional advertising campaign is boosting the aesthetic and environmental advantages of native and California Friendly plants. An informative source for water efficient gardening is www.bewaterwise.com, a resource for checking the current watering index for efficient irrigation, reviewing the photos and descriptions of 1,000 California native and friendly plants, designing and maintaining water-efficient gardens and yards, and much more. Water usage outdoors can account for as much as 70 percent of total water usage in Southern California homes. By cutting back on outdoor irrigation, Southern Californians can save the region up to 12 percent of its water supplies—water that can be put into storage for use at another date. The public is asked to reduce outdoor watering and landscape with Native and California Friendly plants. Below we have provided a link for a suggested outdoor irrigation schedule and information on Native and California Friendly plants.

Landscape Watering Tips