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WATER CONSERVATION AND REBATES

The Westborough Water District would like to remind its customers of the importance of water conservation.

On January 14, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Westborough Water District adopted two very important ordinances establishing indoor and outdoor water conservation regulations.  If you are considering remodeling your house or putting a new landscape, it is very important that you refer and adhere to these ordinances:

Most of the water used inside the house is being flushed down the toilet(s).

The Westborough Water District washing machine and toilet rebate programs are still in effect.  The rebate programs are an incentive to get customers that are contemplating purchasing one of these items to purchase one that is low flow and/or energy efficient.

 

WATER - EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING

Make your garden beautiful and more water-efficient.  Transform your current landscaping to the garden you want and use water more efficiently.  Sign up for FREE water-wise landscaping classes offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA).

To view a list of classes and descriptions, please click here.  Registration is required.

To Register:

Call (650) 349-3000 or email: landscape@baswca.org

Registration for Millbrae class only, call (650) 259-2348

For Bay-Friendly Workshops: go to www.BayFriendly.org or call (510) 444-SOIL

 


HIGH-EFFICIENCY WASHING MACHINE REBATE PROGRAM

The District continues to offer a rebate to customers who purchase high efficiency washing machines that use less water and consume less energy than conventional models.  As of January 1, 2012, the WWD has joined the program administered by BAWSCA and PG&E.

Through a partnership with PG&E, BAWSCA and participating member agencies are offering combined water and energy rebates of up to $200 per washing machine if you purchase a qualifying efficient clothes washer.

 

To Qualify for a Rebate:

1.      The exact brand and model number of the washing machine that you purchase must be on the List of Qualifying MachinesTier 3 clothes washers only qualify for the water portion of the rebate or $50.00.  The Westborough Water District and PG&E are offering up to $200.00 on an Energy Star most efficient 2014 model.

2.      To qualify for the energy portion of the rebate, you must have either natural gas or electricity distributed by PG&E to the installation address.

3.      To qualify for the water portion of the rebate, you must have water service from the Westborough Water District.

4.     Applicants must contact the WWD Office to pre-qualify if applicant is not listed on the water service account.

5.     Buy and install your new washer between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

6.     Clothes Washer must be purchased, installed and rebate application postmarked within 60 days of purchase to be considered for rebate.  There's a limit on one rebate per five-year period.

 

For more information on the program and to get a rebate application form, please click on the following link.  Rebate forms are also available at the WWD Office.

http://bawsca.org/water-conservation/residential-water-conservation-programs/high-efficiency-clothes-washer-rebate-program

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HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILET (HET) REBATE PROGRAM

In a continuing effort to help our customers reduce water consumption, the WWD offers a rebate of up to $100 per toilet if you replace a toilet that uses 3.5 gallons per flush (GPF) or more with an EPA WaterSense Labeled HET.  As of July 1, 2012, the WWD has joined the program administered by BAWSCA.

In order to qualify for this rebate you will need to:

1. The toilet you are replacing uses 3.5 GPF or more. Click here to learn how to measure a toilet flush volume.

2. The toilet that you purchased must be an EPA WaterSense Labeled HET.

3. HET installation and rebate application postmark must be completed within 90 days of purchase date.

4. Applicants must contact the WWD Office to pre-qualify if applicant is not listed on the water service account.

5. Additional program eligibility rules and details are listed on the HET Rebate Application.

 

For more information on the program and to get a rebate application form, please click on the following link.  Rebate forms are also available at the WWD Office.

http://bawsca.org/water-conservation/residential-water-conservation-programs/high-efficiency-toilet-rebate-program/

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FREE WATER CONSERVATION PRODUCTS AVAILABLE!

Stop by the Westborough Water District's office to pick up your free water conservation products.  SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED!  STOP BY SOON! 

Note: One of each item is available per customer.  Only request the items you will be using.

Items we have in stock include (colors may be different than those shown here):

 

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TEN IMPORTANT WATER CONSERVATION TIPS

1. Water your garden and lawn early in the morning rather than mid-day and water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass...if it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for less frequent watering...better yet, in times of drought, water with a hose!
2. Fix leaky faucets, leaky toilets, and plumbing joints as soon as they are detected. 
3. Don't run the hose while washing your car...use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end with a trigger nozzle that automatically turns off. Youíll save a significant amount of water if you wash your cars frequently.
4. Install water saving shower heads.
5. Select correct water levels for laundry loads and wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
6. Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths...even a one or two-minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons a month.
7.
Donít let the water run when brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
8. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, decks, driveways, and sidewalks.
9. Replace your old water guzzling toilet (3.5 to 7 gallons per flush) with a new HET toilet (1.6 gallons per flush). For additional information, click here:
http://bawsca.org/water-conservation/residential-water-conservation-programs/high-efficiency-toilet-rebate-program/.
10. Position sprinklers so they are not wasting water by spraying the house, sidewalk or street.

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HOW TO READ YOUR METER

Reading your water meter is easier than you think.

Click here to download a brochure on how is done.

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HOW TO FIND AND REPAIR LEAKS

TOILET LEAKS:
Some toilet leaks make a running sound.  Others are silent.  To detect a silent leak, put some drops of food coloring into your toilet tank.  Wait twenty minutes.  If there is coloring in the bowl, you have a leak.  Many toilet leaks can be fixed with simple tools and a do-it-yourself manual.  The WWD can also provide you with toilet dye strips to help you test your toilets. 

WATER METER LEAK DETECTION:
First, you must know where your meter is located.  If you are unsure, contact the District.  
To check for leaks follow these steps: 

Method 1
Turn off all water taps inside and outside your home.  Record the meter reading and return in two to three hours to check for change in the reading.    If the meter reading has changed, you may have a leak. 

Method 2
Most of the meters have a small black or red triangle on the meter designed to detect even small leaks.  If this triangle is moving when you have all water off inside and outside your home, you may have a leak.  
Common sources of leaks are a toilet that is running, a constant drip in a sink or outdoor faucet, a loose or dripping washer connection, or a home water treatment unit.|
 


  

 

LEAK TESTS:

If you still not sure whether or not you have a leak your location, the Westborough Water District field staff will gladly conduct a leak test free of charge for any of its customers.  This leak test requires that the customer not use any water approximately four hours.  The District Field Staff will monitor the meter, calculate any usage, and contact the customer with the results. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DISTRICT FIELD STAFF WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMER IF THERE IS A LEAK(S) DETECTED, BUT THE DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOCATING THE ORIGIN OF THE LEAK(S).  IT IS THE CUSTOMERíS OBLIGATION TO LOCATE THE LEAK(S) AND REPAIR IT (THEM).

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