Below are some great resources for water conservation and management. Please check them out, and let us know if you have resources to add.
Water Conservation in the Home
Marin Municipal Water District
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MMWD is a public agency that provides drinking water to 185000 people in a 147
Get a FREE Water Use Survey – Are you looking for ways to reduce your water use and your water bill? Through MMWD’s Conservation Assistance Program (CAP), MMWD offers FREE, personalized water use consultations for your home or business. Click here for more information.
Weekly Watering Schedule: Not sure how much water your garden needs? MMWD’s Weekly Watering Schedule is updated every Friday based on current weather conditions, so your plants always get just the right amount of water.
Home Water Works
Explore water conservation with the water use calculator from the Alliance for Water Efficiency
Tips from fellow Fairfaxians:
- Use a plate scraper instead of running water to scrape plates. This is huge!.
- Keep a wash bucket in your sink. Use dirty water to pre-wash dishes. Save clean rinse water to use for wiping counters. (you also realize how much water goes down the drain when you collect it to make every drop count.
- Keep a large container in your shower to fill up waiting for the water to get hot. You can save 2 gallons of water per shower! use it to flush toilets or water plants.
- Turn off your shower when soaping up. You can easily install a quick cut-off valve right at your showerhead. Seriously, it’s easy.
- ONLY run full laundry loads AND full dishwasher loads.
- Plant only drought tolerant plants. use lots of mulch to retain moisture.
- Replace water guzzler toilets with low-flush. Still though, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow”. You’ll save 10-20 gallon of water per day per person.
Water Conservation in the Home Landscape
Bay-Friendly Garden Walk
Receive a free residential garden evaluation from a Marin Master Gardener. Get expert advice on water-wise planting and tips for a beautiful, healthy landscape. Call 499-4204 to schedule or to learn more click here.
Green House Call
Receive a free indoor efficiency evaluation from one of California Youth Energy Services’ friendly and professional young staff, plus free installation of energy- and water-saving equipment. To learn more, go to www.marinwater.org or call (510) 665-1501 ext. 10 to schedule.
A collaborative group of educators, designers, builders, and artists who educate and empower people to build sustainable water culture and infrastructure. Using water from sinks, showers and washing machines to irrigate plants is a way to increase the productivity of sustainable backyard ecosystems that produce food, clean water, and shelter wildlife.
County of Marin
The County of Marin provides information on gray water systems with a “Laundry to Landscape” pamphlet.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has a great manual for a DIY gray water installation.
The Bay Institute
The Bay Institute is the leader in protecting and restoring the entire watershed which drains into San Francisco Bay.
North Marin Water District
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North Marin Water District serves a suburban population of 61,000 people situated in and about the City of Novato which is located in a warm inland coastal valley of Marin County, California and several small improvement districts in the West Marin area near the coast.
Tomales Bay Watershed Council
The Council is deeply committed to supporting and encouraging active stewardship of the natural resources in the Tomales Bay watershed. They also provide current health status of the beaches within their stewardship.
The North Bay Watershed
The North Bay Watershed Association (NBWA) is a group of 16 regional and local public agencies located throughout Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties.