Valley District supports a wide range of water conservation measures and programs that educate homeowners, business owners, students and community members on a variety of ways to conserve water. From cash incentives and rebates to landscape contests and classroom presentations, Valley District is committed to providing the tools and information that will help change the way we think about and use water.
SoCal Yard Transformation - A Step-by-Step Guide to Get the Yard You Want
Most people would like to have an attractive yard, and even better, one that doesn't use a lot of water. However, most people do not know how to create such a yard or how to maintain it. The SoCal Yard Transformation book will go a longways to answering your landscape questions. It will provide you with a foundation for knowing the basics. It will also let you know what questions to ask to find out more answers to creating and maintaining a great landscape at your home. A free hardcopy of this book in English or Spanish is available at Valley District's headquarters or you can find here the online version in English and En Espanol.
Water Saving Garden Friendly Website
Explore beautiful sustainable, climate-appropriate, and drought tolerant plants, trees and grass that thrive in the Inland Empire. With a click of a button, add your favorite plants to your private list that you can print and bring to your favorite nursery. This user-friendly website also includes example landscapes and design ideas.
Weather Based Irrigation Controller Program
Weather-based irrigation controllers (WBICs) offer residential and large water users the ability to customize their irrigation water usage based on changing weather conditions. WBICs reduce unnecessary watering and allows you to adapt your irrigation for your landscapes specific plant and climate needs.
Valley District is pleased to offer large water users (1,500 ccf per year, or higher) a financial incentive to invest in weather stations and weather based irrigation controllers. Money is available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about the program and how your business can participate.
San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Demonstration Garden at Cal State, San Bernardino
The garden provides a demonstration of Water Saving Garden Friendly plants, conservation measures, water percolation methods, low maintenance practices, and attractive architectural design that could be visited by the public and used for educational purposes. The garden is accessed from Parking Lot G at California State University, San Bernardino. Tell the attendant that you will be visiting the garden and there is no charge for parking.
Valley District pays 25% of the rebates, such as high efficiency toilets and turf removal, paid by retail water agencies within its service area.
Water Conservation Education
Valley District has partnered with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District to develop water conservation education programming for both students and community groups. Presentations focus on a wide range of water saving practices. If your school or service club is interested in having a presentation, please contact Ron Merckling at email.
Inland Solar Challenge
The Inland Solar Challenge Event uses an educational and competitive platform to convey the water conservation message. This annual event challenges local high school teams to build sixteen-foot boats equipped with solar technology and race against each other. In addition to the solar boat races, teams are required to prepare a water conservation report and create a public service announcement. Valley District has been a sponsor of this event since 2008.