2014 DROUGHT: In January, the Governor declared a Drought State of Emergency for California, and in April called on citizens to redouble their efforts to conserve water. With a goal of reducing personal water usage by 20 percent, check out the Save Our Water campaign for some great tips on What We Can Do, and be sure to take advantage of the local programs detailed below. For the months of March through August, water usage in Napa was down 14 percent compared to last year. July and August had their lowest usage in 20 years, since 1994, when our population was 12,000 fewer and extensive hotel development had yet to occur. We urge customers to continue this good progress by limiting lawn watering to early morning two days per week. Use our Drought Survival Guides to navigate this irrigation season: Lawns, Trees & Shrubs, Mulch.
The State Water Board has adopted statewide emergency regulations to prohibit water waste and the City is required to enforce locally:
Click for EMERGENCY DROUGHT REGULATIONS
Water use efficiency (a.k.a. water conservation) is an integral part of the City of Napa's long-term water management strategy. As a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation in California, the City is committed to implementing the appropriate Best Management Practices (BMPs) to ensure future supply reliability. To comply with the Water Conservation Act of 2009 (SBx7-7), the City is working to reduce demand below 132 gallons per capita per day (gpcd) by 2020. For our customers this means we are available to help you make every drop count, and every drop you save will reduce your own water bill!
From 1997 to 2002, demand on our water system averaged 170 gpcd. Since 2003 when the City began to implement more California BMPs, demand has averaged about 150 gpcd, including a low of 139 gpcd in 2011. This trend results from the evolution of water-efficient appliances, City ordinances and programs, and water recycling. We look to continue this progress by offering our customers a variety of financial incentives and educational opportunities:
Check out the Save Our Water Video: Quick Facts about Water Use in California - And Why You Should Conserve
Reminder for Outside City customers: Whether located inside or outside the City limits, if your site is served by the City of Napa water system (i.e. you receive a City of Napa water bill) then you are eligible for all of our water-saving incentives!
All Napa County Residents: Click on this handy Countywide Water Conservation Map to find water-saving programs available for your home or business.
This comprehensive web site is operated by the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
Wondering how much water your own house uses? Try this handy Water Use Calculator.
Nearly half of Napa's treated drinking water is used outdoors, much of it wasted in overwatering lawns and gardens. Like only 2% of the world, Napa has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, wet winters and summer droughts. Selecting appropriate plants, mulching, and frequently adjusting irrigation to match the weather are just a few of the actions you can take to save water in your landscape.
NEW: The Fall 2014 Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series is being held September 15 through October 6.
DROUGHT SURVIVAL GUIDES:
Single-family and multi-family residential water use represents about 70% of Napa's total demand. Residential customers save water and money by using the most efficient indoor appliances and fixtures, fixing leaks, and practicing water-wise landscaping. Our incentive programs can help:
Commercial, industrial, and institutional water use represents more than 20% of Napa's total demand. Business, government, and non-profit institutions save water and money by using the most efficient appliances, fixtures, and processes, and by practicing water-wise landscaping. Our incentive programs can help:
Check out other energy- and water-saving Equipment Rebates from PG&E.
Free Water-Saving Devices
City of Napa water customers are entitled to an array of free conservation devices and literature. You may receive these items as part of a Water-Wise Home Survey or Business Survey, or by visiting our display at various public events. Or you may simply pick them up at Water Division headquarters, 1340 Clay Street, Downtown Napa (intersection of Clay and Franklin Streets).
Look for the City of Napa Water Conservation Booth at various community events throughout the year. Sign up for rebates and other water-saving programs, pick up free devices and literature, and check out our Smart Irrigation Display. Youth-oriented events may feature our Prize Wheel or Knock Out Water Waste game. A partial calendar for 2014 is listed here:
Using Water Wisely
Water Conservation Showcase
Bay-Friendly Garden Tour
Napa-Solano Home & Garden Show
Watershed Open House
Napa Downtown Farmers Market
Napa Valley 5K/10K Salmon Run
Rethink Your Drink
Napa Town & Country Fair
Fire and Life Safety Day Open House
Knowledge of local, regional, and global water supply issues allows citizens to make appropriate decisions in preserving today's water for tomorrow's generation. A water conservation ethic instilled at an early age will last a lifetime.
Project WET Workshop: Napa County teachers can gain access to award-winning classroom activities and earn a $75 stipend or 0.5 CEU by participating in Project WET for the Napa Valley, six hours of hands-on, action-packed training. Stay tuned for our next local offering. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids. Interdisciplinary activities for grades K-12 are designed to enhance existing curriculum and are aligned to Common Core State Standards.
Classroom Presentation: 40-60 minute interactive presentation on fresh water supply issues affecting California and Napa. Emphasis is on water conservation methods. Includes brainstorming contest on ways to save water in the home and conservation-related giveaways for students. Grades K-12.
The fourth edition of EECNC's Environmental Education Guide is available. The Guide describes an amazing array of field trips, guest speakers, and service projects available from more than 25 local agencies, non-profits, and businesses. A Content by Grade Level index helps teachers correlate program offerings with curriculum standards. City of Napa Water Division offerings are listed on pages 20-21 of the Guide.
Teachers and youth group leaders should also visit the CREEC web site to find additional environmental education opportunities.
Other Water Education Web Sites: