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Recycled Water to be used for Irrigation

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State of California: Turf Replacement Program  - Accepting Applications Now!

State of California:  High Efficiency Toilet Replacement Program

California Urban Water Conservation Council Releases New Do-It-Yourself Water Audit Videos
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Water Saver Ideas

1.      Google “How to fix a leaky faucet”, fix it yourself & you can save money &  2-20 gallons a day!

2.      Move your lawn mower height adjuster to the next step up, to mow the lawn taller, it promotes deeper root growth.

3.      Leave lawn clippings on the grass, it helps retain moisture and cools the ground.

4.      Let the lawn go golden and save on lawn mower emissions and water!

5.      Use a pool cover to help with water loss through evaporation.

6.      Use a broom instead of the hose to clean off patios, sidewalks, and driveways.

7.      Wash the car once a month or less at a commercial facility that recycles the water.

8.      Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.

9.      Turn off the water when lathering your hair and hands, then turn it on to rinse.

10.  Use a bucket to collect warming shower water and use that clean water to water the plants, or toss it on the lawn, or use it for one toilet flush.

11.  Bring this article to the Public Works Admin office at 1776 Grogan Avenue for a free bucket to collect your shower warming water.

12.  Call 388-SAVE to report water being wasted.

13.  Like us on Facebook at the City of Merced: Water Conservation.

Merced Council approves water meters for all residents

For immediate release

 Soon everyone in the City of Merced will have a water meter. The City Council unanimously approved an emergency resolution Wednesday night to buy water meters for the 10,800 residential customers that don’t have meters.

City officials estimate that the installation of water meters will save between 20 to 28 percent of the annual water used in Merced. The state has ordered the City to reduce water consumption by 36 percent by February 28, 2016. The City pumps approximately 24 million gallons of water a day from its 23 wells.

The City will spend an estimated $330 per meter for a total of $3,564,000. The meters will be delivered in approximately 10 shipments over the next year. The City standardized its water meter system to Badger brand meters in 2009.

All commercial water users in the City have water meters and about half of the residential water customers already have meters. Staff has determined that unmetered households, on average, use almost twice as much water as a metered home during the year.

Staff is working on a plan to determine where the meters will first begin getting installed.

The City has been active in its efforts to conserve water for decades. It cut back outside watering to two days last year, long before the state issued its regulations on outdoor watering.

The City hired a water conservation specialist in 2011 year to educate the residents and enforce its water ordinances. It is hiring additional staff for the next budget year starting in July to help with its education and enforcement efforts.

The City had its first water conservation ordinances in place in 1992 when it established its first odd-even outdoor watering schedule and other water-saving measures.

How to Save Water 101  

*    Use drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, and flowers; saves 15 gallons/each time you water.  
*    Plant drought-resistant trees and plants; saves 30-60 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq ft.  
*    Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and patios; saves 8-18 gallons/minute.  
*    Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust so that you don’t have run-off; saves 15 gallons/each time you water.  
*    Place a layer of organic mulch around trees and plants, it helps reduce evaporation and prevents weeds; saves 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.  
*    Turn off the shower water while washing your hair; saves up to 150 gallons a month.  
*    Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or shaving; saves 10 gallons/day.  
*    Install faucet aerators on the kitchen faucet to reduce the flows to less than 1 gallon per minute.  
*    Keep toilets and water fixtures in good repair and fix leaks promptly.  
*    A new water efficient dishwasher can save 3-8 gallons per load.  

For more water efficient practices, check out  To report water being wasted, call 388-SAVE.  Or check us out at or Like us on Facebook at City of Merced: Water Conservation.

Greener Tomorrow

February is well underway, are you used to writing 2015 yet?  What other things are you trying to get used to in the new year? I was hoping to see more rain, but dry times continue.  What are you doing to help conserve? I challenge you all to think about a greener tomorrow through your own conservation efforts.  You may be tempted to start to water your lawn because of the continued lack of rain, but don’t do it.  I haven’t watered the lawn since October and it’s still a pale green. It’s alive and usually very wet in the morning from the dew and fog. 

If you are thinking the same thing, contemplating whether to water or not, let another couple of weeks go by.  If you feel you must water, keep a close eye on how much you water.  Our lawns can only accept so much water before it becomes saturated and the water flows off the top and down the gutter.  Water that goes in the gutter is a waste and it carries pollutants to our creeks and waterways.  Water run-off is a sign, you’ve watered too long or watered the sidewalk not the lawn.

Take the time to re-learn how to use your sprinkler timers if you’ve got them.  Most programmable timer manufacturers have detailed instructions on their websites and some even have short You Tube videos on how to reprogram.  Let’s all keep working on a “greener” tomorrow, we’ve all got to do our part during this drought.   

For questions on water conservation, call the City of Merced at 385-6800.  Or to report water being wasted, call 388-SAVE.

Watering Schedule

Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0, Water on Tuesdays & Saturdays

Addresses ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9, Water on Wednesdays & Sundays

And the window of hours to water are midnight to 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to midnight; the best time for your lawn is early in the morning. 

Remember to turn off the sprinklers when it rains.

For more information or questions, check out the City’s website at or call the Public Works Water Department at 385-6800.  And keep your eye on these Green Tips articles for future water savings advice and information.

To report water being wasted call 388-SAVE.

Public Works - Water Conservation
Section UL
High Efficiency Toilet Replacement Program
File Name: Draft ToiletRetrofitProgramOnePager-5-21-15.pdf
Revision Date: 8/6/2015
Merced County's - Drought Assistance Program
File Name: DroughtWebsite-EmergencyWater.NR.MN.pdf
Revision Date: 8/6/2015
State Announces $30 Million in Rebates to Help Replace Old Toilets and Turf
File Name: State Announces $30 Mill in Rebates.docx
Revision Date: 8/13/2015
Turf Replacement Initiative
File Name: Turg Replacemnt Wedinar 7-2-15.pdf
Revision Date: 8/6/2015
Watering Schedule - 2015
File Name: 2015 - June- Schedule .pdf
Revision Date: 8/6/2015
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