FY 2020-2021 Water Conservation Annual Report
California Way of Life Settles In
Drought and Water Conservation Efforts Update
Following the second driest year on record and with near-record low storage in California’s largest reservoirs, Governor Newsom issued a proclamation extending the July 2021 drought emergency statewide on January 5, 2022, further urging Californians to step up their water conservation efforts as the western United States faces a potential third dry year.
December storms brought more than 200% of normal precipitation to a large area of California and Nevada. In the Sierra Nevada, much of this fell as snow. Recent storms improved the drought, however much of the state is now in a dry holding pattern due to little or no precipitation or snowfall in January 2022 with that pattern expecting to continue through early March 2022.
MPWD is committed to bringing updated information to rate payers on drought conditions, water shortage levels, water conservation efforts and resources, and how it affects our District. Please visit MidPeninsulaWater.org/save15 for these latest updates throughout 2022.
Available Rebate Programs (through FY20-21)
- Lawn-Be-Gone Rebate: $4.00 per square foot of converted lawn. Add a Rain Garden for an additional $350 rebate!
- Rain Barrell Rebate: $200 per rain barrel for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.
- Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate: Receive an instant rebate when you purchase a Rachio Smart Irrigation Controller with an MPWD purchase code.
- Irrigation Hardware Rebates: Rebates are available for high efficiency sprinkler nozzles, spray bodies with pressure regulation, and large rotors!
2020 UWMP and WSCP Adopted
The Mid-Peninsula Water District (MPWD) has adopted its 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). The UWMP will be effective for five years through 2025. The plan also includes a updated Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP).The intent of the UWMP is to provide the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the general public with information on present and future water supply and demand and to provide an assessment of water resources needed. It also serves the purpose of helping ratepayers better understand our water system, service area, water reliability and contingency planning. Please visit HERE for further details and documents.
Looking Back (FY20-21)
- 2021’s 10% water savings campaign rolled to a 15% water savings campaign in Fall of 2021.
- A Best of Entries 2022 Water Awareness Calendar.
- Release of MPWD’s new online Water Efficiency Tracker Tool.
- Home Water Use Report rebranded to Water Watch.
- Continued updates on customer bills about valuable water saving resources, rebates, community events, use efficiency tips, etc.
- Banner messaging campaigns through the City of Belmont and an SFPUC banner partnership utilizing the District’s building and its ability to capture a large bay area audience on Highway 101.
- BAWSCA’s landscape education classes available online to MPWD customers 24/7. Link through at MidPeninsulaWater.org/save15
- RACHIO Irrigation Smart Controller and High-Efficiency Irrigation Hardware rebate programs launched.
Looking Forward (FY21-22)
- In early 2022, MPWD will launch a customer incentive program for sign-ups to its online water usage monitoring tool, Water Watch.
- First Annual Water Supply and Demand Assessment due DWR by July 1, 2022.