Climate in Southern California, including in our service area of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar and Murrieta, is prone to long periods of dry weather and even drought. In an effort to encourage water use efficiency throughout the state and “make water conservation a California way of life,” Governor Brown recently signed two bills, SB 606 and AB 1668.
The truth about California’s new water efficiency mandates for Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Customers
The mandates are not for individual homeowners and businesses, they are actually for the water providers, such as Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.
The bills mandate new urban efficiency standards for indoor use, outdoor use and water lost to leaks. The bills must be adopted by June 30, 2020, but will first include a public and stakeholder process.
The indoor water use standard will be 55 gallons per person per day for indoor use, but it is the responsibility of each water agency in California how they choose to meet this requirement.
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District already has an existing tiered rate structure in place that is in line with the state mandate. Our Indoor Water Use Tier (tier 1) rate is set at 55 gallons per person per day.
Our customers who are already making water conservation a way of life and do not exceed the tier 1 and tier 2 rate allotment per household should not see an increase in their water bill.
Like many Southern California water agencies, EVMWD has been progressive since the drought impacted our service area seven years ago and already had tiered rate structures in place to minimize water waste and encourage water use efficiency.
Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s Indoor Water Use tier allows for each person in the household to receive an allotment of 55 gallons per person per day. The Outdoor Water Use tier varies depending on the size of the property and landscaped area. Customers who stay within the Indoor and Outdoor Water Use allotments are within their water budget.
The new state outdoor water use standard will vary depending on property size, climate and various factors determined by the State Water Resources Control Board. A state outdoor standard will be determined by June 2022 and a leak standard by July 2020.
Q: I am an Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District customer, can I take a shower and do a load of laundry in the same day?
A: Absolutely! If you are already making conservation a way of life, it is possible to continue to your daily routine and not see an increase in your water bill. With many water-efficient options for appliances and devices available, most Californians are already observing the 55 gallons of water per day allotment without even realizing it.
Q: Is it true that California is reducing the personal allotment of water to 50 gallons per person per day?
A: The state is considering changing the household allotted amount to 50 gallons per person per day. Currently and through 2025, water agencies are still allowed to give a customer allotment of 55 gallons per person per day.
Q: What happens if I use over 55 gallons indoors per day?
A: The calculation of 55 gallons per day for Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s Indoor Water Use tiered rates are technically calculated over a one month billing cycle. Some days you might use more water and other days you might use less. As long as the average is at 55 gallons per day you will be within your water budget allotment.
Q: Will my water be shut off if I use over 55 gallons per day indoors?
A: No, your water will not be shut off for excessive water use. If you use above the allotment for indoor and outdoor water use tier you will be billed in the inefficient tier rate, but your service will remain active and will not be shut off.
Q: How am I able to track my water use?
A: EVMWD’s Aquahawk system allows customers to monitor their personal water use from their computer. Visit our Advanced Meter page learn how to view water usage, set alerts and more.