This week’s Water District of the Week was formed in 1924, which makes it 85 years old! The Lakeside Water District serves about 35,000 people in the unincorporated San Diego County area of Lakeside and its various towns, which include Moreno Valley and Wintergardens.
The Lakeside Water District has been actively reaching out to consumers, encouraging water conservation through a variety of measures. For example, his district is encouraging consumers to take on the 20-Gallon Challenge by cutting down their daily water use by at least 20 gallons, or about 10 percent of daily water usage. This district also encourages visitors to read the Memorandum of Understanding on urban water conservation, which gives great background on the California water crisis and why conservation is vital today. The Lakeside Water District estimates that the average person uses 180 gallons of water per day, and to help consumers cut down on that use, it offers many conservation tips, including:
· Use a smart sprinkler controller (Cyber-Rain offers many user-friendly and conservation-friendly options) outside to help cut down on water waste (to save an estimated 40 gallons of water each day)
· Watering outside before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. to save water loss through evaporation (to save 20-25 gallons of water per day)
· Xeriscaping, or planting native California plants in the yard (to save 33-60 gallons of water each day)
There are many ways one can save water each day. These are just a few easy ways to save water outside. The Cyber-Rain system generally qualifies for most rebate programs, including such major rebate programs as the SoCal Water$mart program (which no longer requires reservation rebates).