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Water Conservation Community Resources
EBMUD Conservation Rules During Drought EBMUD has issued new emergency regulations and restrictions for all water customers. These new rules set limits on the allowable uses of water by homes and businesses, including the frequency of watering lawns and use of hoses without shutoff nozzles. Additional regulations target the use of water by cities and counties on public lands, limit watering on construction sites and enforcement measures that EBMUD may take against water wasters.
EBMUD WaterSmart Program This East Bay Municipal Utility District website provides information on water-saving appliances, rebates and other incentives available to homeowners, renters, businesses and more.
EPA WaterSense WaterSense, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides guides, tools and information to reduce water use in homes, gardens and work environments. Their site includes helpful checklists, common sources of water waste and product guides to help identify water-conserving appliances and fixtures.
Bay Friendly Guide to Mulch This guide provides the basics on how to mulch lawns, gardens and open spaces, with specific recommendations for plantings and how to help your drought-tolerant plants thrive.
Sheet Mulch It! Guide Learn how to use compost, cardboard and mulch to improve the ability of your soil to retain water, improve pest control and grow stronger and more productive plants.
Tools for Building Healthy Soils Guide This guide provides a range of options for improving the quality of soils while reducing the need for water. These options include creating nutrient-rich compost with worms (vermicomposting), sheet mulching and other techniques for home use.