Mandatory Watering Restrictions
Due to the severity of the ongoing drought, the EID Board implemented mandatory watering restrictions that went into effect on April 22, 2014. These restrictions are in place for ALL Residential customers, including those with recycled water service as well as commercial, landscape, recreational turf, and small farm customers. Watering days are based on the street address (odd or even), and the number of days per week changes seasonally. There are NO exemptions for residential customers. To learn more, visit EID's watering restrictions and drought pages for detailed schedule information and frequently asked questions.
Water Scheduling Tool
The Regional Water Authority has developed a tool for residents to generate their own unique watering schedule for their sprinkler system. Follow the link below to generate your own unique sprinkler system watering schedule.
Power Outage? Don’t Forget Your Irrigation Timer!
Have you recently experienced power outages at your home? If you have, it could mean your irrigation timer is reset to its default factory settings, which may cause your timers to go off on non-watering days or times. In addition to resetting your clocks and other electronic appliances after a power interruption, don’t forget to check your irrigation timer as well.
Home Landscape Water Surveys
You can receive a complimentary landscape survey to learn more about irrigation efficiency and receive recommendations for system improvements. Leak detection assistance can also be performed using the water meter to help determine if you have an undetected leak. Indoor efficiency upgrades can also be provided for customer installation during your landscape survey. Please call 530.642.4000 to schedule an appointment.
Water Efficiency Rebates
A rebate of up to $100 per water service account is available to EID customers on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts. Qualifying devices include high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, irrigation efficiency upgrades, weather-based irrigation controllers, and hot water recirculating pumps. Download this application for details, and follow the instructions to apply for a rebate.
Save water indoors by replacing older high-volume toilets and clothes washers with water-efficient models. Save water outdoors by upgrading your irrigation system to drip, installing high-efficiency nozzles, or converting your timer to a weather-based irrigation controller. Click on this link to the Federal EPA WaterSense rating website to learn more about high-efficiency toilets and weather-based irrigation controllers. Click on this link CEE Ratings to see if the clothes washer is a Tier 2 or Tier 3 model that will qualify for a rebate.
You may be eligible for a rebate through the state of California. Effective August 12, 2015, the State Department of Water Resources has launched two residential water conservation programs– a turf replacement program and a high-efficiency toilet rebate program.The program is not funded or administered by EID. Program information and applications can be found at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com. Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Indoor Water Efficiency
TOILET LEAK DETECTION. Leak detection dye packets are available to detect if water is leaking out of the toilet tank into the toilet bowl between flushes. Simply pour the blue dye powder into your toilet tank, and if the blue color has seeped into the toilet bowl after 10 minutes, your toilet flapper or seal may be leaking and repair or replacement is recommended. Alternatively, several drops of food coloring may be placed in the toilet tank and the same procedure followed.
TOILET FLAPPERS. If you detect that the toilet flapper is leaking, and are unable to repair or replace the toilet, EID has complimentary toilet flappers available (3-inch) for self-installation.
PLUMBING RETROFITS. If you have not recently replaced your plumbing fixtures, then complimentary low-flow showerheads, bathroom faucet aerators, and toilet tank bags to reduce flush volume are available for your home.
TO OBTAIN THESE SUPPLIES. Stop by EID's main office at 2890 Mosquito Road in Placerville to pick up your supplies between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Outdoor Water Efficiency
Request yours while supplies last. Garden hose shut-off nozzles (hand-held, multiple spray settings) and Moisture Meters (hand-held, no batteries needed) are available from our front desk staff in the headquarters building at 2890 Mosquito Road in Placerville.
MAIL: EID Office of Water Efficiency, 2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville, CA 95667
OFFICE LOCATION: 2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville, CA 95667
- Clothes Washer Energy Ratings–Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
- El Dorado County Master Gardeners
- "How to Videos" at BeWaterSmart.info
- PG&E rebates
- Regional Water Authority
- Toiletology 101
- UC Cooperative Extension, EDC
- US EPA WaterSense Rated Products