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2015 Water Use and How to Keep Saving in 2016

January 14, 2016

The City of Woodland thanks Woodland residents for their continued efforts in water conservation. Together we used almost 30% less water than we did in 2013, saving well over a billion gallons in 2015. That is enough water for around 7,000 average American homes to use for a year. The City of Woodland is also surpassing its state mandated conservation target of 24% by 7%, with a 31% cumulative reduction in water use from June to December.


On November 13, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order extending emergency conservation regulations through October 2016 if the drought continues. With over 87% of California remaining in a severe drought, that seems very likely. According to the Association of California Water Agencies, experts agree that even a strong El Niño will not prevent 2016 from being the 5th consecutive drought year. It is still as important as ever to keep saving our water.


We save better when we save together. The City of Woodland encourages residents to call (530) 661 – 2067 when they see water waste in the city. For example, irrigation in all city parks has been shut off for the winter. If you see sprinklers running in a city park, something is broken. Please let us know so we can fix the issue as soon as possible. Woodland is still under the Stage Two water restrictions. Please visit for information about the current water use restrictions.


The City of Woodland is continuing the water conservation rebate programs for mulch, rain barrels, rain sensors, and weather-based irrigation controllers. These water conservation tools are particularly effective in the winter months. Mulch and rain barrels help keep water where it is needed, reducing runoff, the risk of flooding, and how much pollution enters the environment. Rain sensors and weather-based irrigation controllers, also known as WBIC or smart controllers, take rainy winter weather into account and make sure you are only watering when you need to. Landscapes are often overwatered by as much as 20-40%. Studies have shown that using a WBIC can reduce a household’s outdoor water by about 40 gallons per day, or 14,600 gallons per year.


Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and will end when funds are exhausted. An applicant must be a Woodland water customer and pay a City of Woodland utility bill to be eligible for the water conservation rebates. For more information, rebate requirements, and applications, visit the rebates page on the City of Woodland website ( or contact the Water Conservation Coordinator at (530) 661-2067.


Consider lowering your water use for a New Year’s Resolution this year. Changing everyday water use habits remains of the most effective and simple ways to save water year-round. Here are 6 tips on how to continue to save water in the winter months:

  • Let Mother Nature do your watering: Check your sprinklers and make sure you aren’t overwatering. With shorter, cooler days and wetter weather, soil remains moist longer. Also, the Stage Two Drought Restrictions prohibit watering 48 hours after a measurable rain event (1/4 inch).
  • Convert lawns to drought-tolerant landscapes:More than half of residential water use goes to landscaping, much of it to grass.Many nurseries offer a wide variety of attractive, low-water plants. Replacing lawns with these plants can enhance landscape aesthetics and improve habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects, while significantly reducing your yard’s watering requirements.
  • Fix a Leak: The EPA has found that the average household can waste more than 10,000 gallons a year due to leaks. Save water and money by checking your home regularly for these silent water wasters. Visit for tips on how to find and fix leaks.
  • Do full loads of laundry and dishes – Simple changes to daily habits can have a big impact as well. Make a point to only run the dishwasher when it’s full. Similarly, washing a full load of laundry can save 15-45 gallons per load.
  • Take 5 minute shower instead of a 10 minute shower: There is a good reason this tip is repeated so much. Cutting your shower by 5 minutes can save 12.5 gallons per shower. For a family of four, that could mean a savings of more than 18,000 gallons in a year.
  • Install high efficiency appliances: Consider upgrading your appliances to those with the WaterSense label. The State of California is currently offering $100 rebates for high-efficiency toilets, which can save 19 gallons per person per day.


The City of Woodland also continues to offer free workshops and tours for information on more ways to save. Mark your calendar for February 6th from 9:30 a.m. to noon for our Rain Harvesting Workshop at the Woodland Community College Garden, 2300 E Gibson Road, Woodland. Participants will learn about rain harvesting techniques, participate in a rain barrel installation, be entered to win a 55-gallon rain barrel kit, and more. Stay tuned for more information upcoming events like our weekly Water-Wise Wednesday Workshops in March and our Water-Wise Landscape tour in May.