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THE CITY WATERING SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED EFFECTIVE AUGUST 6, 2015
Click on
Watering Regulations to learn  more. 


WHY SHOULD WE CONSERVE WATER?
Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supplies farther, and protects our natural resources. The City of Visalia receives one hundred percent of its water from groundwater. If we do not conserve and protect our most precious and limited resource, water will rapidly become scarce and expensive. Using less water also puts less pressure on our sewage treatment facilities, and uses less energy for water pumping and heating. To learn more click on the City of Visalia's updated Residential & Commercial Watering Regulations which went into effect on May 20th, 2015. 

NOW RECRUITING - WATER CONSERVATION EDUCATION COORDINATOR
The City of Visalia's Natural Resource Conservation Division is currently recruiting to fill an open Water Conservation Educaion Coordinator position.  Water Conservation Education Coordinators conduct public outreach on water conservation, the City’s water regulations, and other environmental issues including developing programs to promote water conservation. Outreach activities may include presentations to local groups and schools, setting up and staffing information booths at City events, and other similar activities. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the job description link above and complete an Houlry Application.

WATER CONSERVATION TOOLS FOR KIDS
Water conservation is important for everyone.  There are a number games, water conservation tips, activity books, etc. available to help kids learn how can help conserve water.  A good source of water conservation tools and information is at Water Conservation at Home. Please note, the City of Visalia provides this link for informational purposes only and does not endorse any products or services that may be offered at this website.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, in 2015 Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and required public water systems to reduce water usage by 25% statewide. In response, beginning in June 2015 California Water Service, a corporation that is the water provider to the City of Visalia, was required to reduce pumping in its local service area by 32%.  To accomplish that, Cal Water will charge users a surcharge for usage above certain limits.  For more information on Cal Water's requirements, incentives, and rebates please visit www.calwater.com.

STATE ANNOUNCES $30 MILLION IN REBATES
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought.  DWR will oversee the two rebate programs, which provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement. Californians can visit www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com to apply for the rebates.

HELP YOUR TREES SURVIVE THE DROUGHT
Trees and water are both precious resources. Trees make our houses feel like home–they also improve property values, clean our water & air, and even make our streets safer & quieter. When we water wisely and maintain our trees carefully, we enjoy a wide range of benefits at a low cost and with little effort.  Trees are an important part of any community, not only from the joy it brings, but the quality of life
that it provides.   Trees positively alter our environment, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, protect the land, provide us food, create oxygen and sustain life. As our climate changes we need to protect our trees, adapt to our changing environment and make choices that benefit us while preserving our water resources.  The California Urban Forest Council offers tips on how you can help your trees survive the drought.  For more information click on Trees

IRRIGATION TESTING & REPAIRS
Supervised testing, adjusting, or repairing of irrigation systems is allowed any time for no more than five (5) minutes per station with the official Irrigation Test & Repair Yard Sign notifying the public of the repairs and or testing. Testing & repair sign is to remain posted until the area is completely dry. 

LOW-WATER USE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS
Interested is saving money and water?  Consider replacing your lawn with a low-water use garden. You can help to conserve more by reducing the amount of lawn you have, planting low-water use plants and trees, installing a drip irrigation system or adding a weather based smart controller.  To learn more click on Visalia’s Low-Water Use Demonstration Gardens to find the perfect trees, shrubs, plants and flowers for your landscape. 

Do you already have a low-water use landscape? If so consider printing and posting the Low-Water Use Landscape Sign and let your neighbors know that you are helping to conserve our most precious resource.

CREATING A LOW-WATER USE LANDSCAPE
Selecting the right plants is essential in designing a landscape that promotes water conservation. The plants included in the "Creating A Low-Water Use Landscape" brochure are California natives or are water-wise, which means they require a minimal amount of water to thrive in the Central Valley.  For inspiration, visit Visalia Water Wise Gardening. Take a Garden Tour or view the Garden Gallery for ideas on how to incorporate a variety of low-water-use plants in your garden. The Tulare/Kings Master Gardeners Plant Guide is another great resource. 

LOW-WATER USE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARD
Low water gardening is an alternative way of gardening that reduces water use.  It doesn't mean ripping out your lawn and replacing it with gravel and cactus.  Instead, it refers to applying low water principals in your landscape plan, including choosing low water use plants, using wood chips in your beds to reduce evaporation, adding compost to your solid to improve water capacity, and using sensible watering practices. 

The Visalia Environmental Committee is now recognizing local landscapes that demonstrate a meaningful reduction in outdoor water use.  Visalia residents and businesses interested in applying are encouraged to click on Visalia's Low Water Landscape Award and complete the following questions with as much information as you have available. Attach photos and other informational materials as applicable.  

WHAT CAN I PLANT DURING A DROUGHT?
Your spring garden can be drought-tolerant and beautiful at the same time with help from California Water Service Company's Water-Wise Gardening Tips. Click here and find all you need to know for water-wise gardening in Visalia.

CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE COMPANY
Cal Water is committed to supporting conservation efforts as part of their plan to provide a reliable water supply.  Conserving water is easy to do. Cal Water also sponsor education and plumbing retrofit programs to help customers use water wisely. Click on conservation to learn easy ways to conserve water, both indoors and out, and get other conservation information. Here, you can also find out how to get free water-saving plumbing fixtures and residential and commercial rebates for water-saving devices. Cal water also offers conservation kits featuring a range of water-saving plumbing retrofit fixtures.  The kits are available at no charge to help make conserving water that much easier. 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP SAVE WATER?
There are many effective ways to conserve water in and around your home. Look through the following links for ideas and tips that will work for you:


                                 
             Save Our Water              H2OHouse         Cal Water Conservation Tips

STAGE 2
Effective August 6, 2015, the City of Visalia is in a Mandatory Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Ordinance enabling the City to preserve the underground water supply we have for our community.  To view a copy of the recently updated ordinance please click on Water Conservation Ordinance.

 

TIPS
Please do your part to conserve water by following the mandatory watering requirements that apply to all properties in the city boundaries.

  • Use water efficient plants in your yard. In addition to the water savings you will see there are a number of other benefits that come with water efficient landscaping. They include reduced fertilizer and chemical use, less weed growth, less energy use, less water runoff and reduced maintenance. Click on Low-Water Use Gardening to view a list of plants perfect for Visalia's climate.
  • Please check your sprinklers (on your watering day) for any broken pipes or sprinkler heads needing adjustment. We also recommend that you review your sprinkler timer to see if it needs replacing the battery and the time is correct. (Batteries should be checked every 6 months when changing to daylight savings and back). Instead of setting your sprinklers for one long run time, break up the watering into multiple short cycles to reduce runoff.
  • Slopes can be challenging because of the potential for erosion and runoff.  If slopes cannot be avoided in landscape design, install plantings with deeper root zones such as native ground covers and shrubs to provide stabilization and prevent erosion.
  • Turfgrass receives the highest percentage of irrigation water in traditional landscaping.  To reduce your outdoor water use, plant turfgrass only where it has a practical function, such as a play area.  Choose turf grass types that don't use a lot of water.  Select low-water-use or native grasses and those that can withstand drought.
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     MOSQUITOES
    Delta Vector Control District is stepping up their efforts to ward off mosquitoes that cause the West Nile Virus.  Visalia Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by contacting Delta Vector at 732-8606 or by visiting their office located at 1737 W. Houston Ave. in Visalia between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquito fish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.  

     
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