Water Conservation

SEASONAL REMINDER:  Spring is here, and with it comes the return of warmer weather.  Before you switch on your automated irrigation system, take some time to make sure it's working efficiently. Regular maintenance is needed on both spray sprinklers and drip systems to keep them working properly and not wasting water. The back-up battery in your timer should be replaced to ensure your schedule is not lost during a power interruption. Make sure the sprinklers are only spraying your plants and not the sidewalk, driveway, or street.  Irrigation runoff into the street is prohibited.  Fix those leaks!  Make adjustments to the schedule to reflect changes in weather - less water is needed in spring than in summer.  You shouldn't need to water more than three days per week in Windsor, ever.  And if you hire out this work, look for a QWEL certified professional to keep your landscape thriving while minimizing water use.  Remember, water conservation is a California way of life.

REBATE PROGRAMS ENDING JULY 1, 2017 
 The Town's rebate programs for toilets and clothes washers ended on July 1, 2017.  Rebates for these items will only be approved for qualified toilets and washers purchased and installed before this date.  The Town will continue to offer rebates for lawn removal and for efficient irrigation equipment upgrades.  To schedule an appointment for a free home water assessment or a qualifying pre-inspection visit for the Town's Water Efficient Landscapes rebate program, fill out and submit the online sign-up form or call (707) 547-1909.

Making Water Conservation a Windsor Way of Life


The recent drought has served to reinforce our understanding that efficient water use and elimination of wasteful practices needs to become a commonplace living style in California.  To that end, the state has taken steps to extend the statewide water-waste prohibitions put into effect during the drought until they can be adopted as permanent.  These prohibitions will be undergoing a public process to further define and adopt them as statewide law, to be enforced in dry years and wet.  Although these prohibitions may be new to many locations in the state, Windsor has had enforceable prohibitions on water waste in effect for almost 20 years.

A list of the statewide prohibitions on water waste are provided below.  As in the last few drought years, we are confident that everyone in Windsor will continue to make it a priority to use water wisely, and will maintain the momentum the drought provided to continue to upgrade fixtures and landscapes to lower water-use alternatives.  Thank you for your collective actions to reduce water use during the recent drought, and just as importantly, for recognizing the need to make efficient water use and conservation a part of everyday life in Windsor.

Statewide Prohibitions on Water Waste:
  • Use of a hose for washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots and other hard-surfaced areas*
  • Washing a car, boat, trailer, or other equipment with a hose not equipped with a shut-off nozzle
  • Watering landscapes in a manner that causes runoff
  • Watering landscapes during or within 48 hours following rainfall
  • Using non-recirculated water in a fountain or other decorative water feature
*The Town’s local water waste code includes a provision allowing a variance for pressure washing of hard surface areas to address health and public safety concerns, such as might be encountered as a slip and fall hazard in front of a food establishment, or to address health & sanitation needs within defined trash enclosures.  This practice is allowable only when done appropriately and in consideration of other Town code requirements, such as the non-stormwater runoff restrictions to storm drains.  For questions or clarification related to pressure washing, please call (707) 838-5357 during regular business hours.

Commitment


The Town of Windsor’s Water Conservation Program provides residents and businesses with in-depth services, education, and guidance about how to manage water wisely.

We are committed to partnering with our citizenry and with other local government and non-governmental organizations to identify where improvements to water efficiency can be made in order to ensure an ample, long-term supply for the Town.

We hope that you will join with us in this commitment to conserve and use water efficiently, and that you will find the following water conservation programs, information, and links useful: