In Southern California, water conservation is a way of life. Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply, as we come to appreciate the fact that fresh water for drinking, irrigation, industry, and other uses is a precious resource and should not be wasted.
We must continually seek strategies and tools for using less water around our homes and businesses all the time - and not just during occasional droughts. Such measures not only save the supply of water, but also can save you money by reducing your water bill.
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INCENTIVES & REBATES
In partnership with the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and the Regional Water Conservation Partnership, the City of Ontario is pleased to offer a series of water conservation rebates to its residents and businesses. These rebates offer an opportunity to save money and achieve significant water (and energy) savings throughout the year.
Funding is limited, so please check with IEUA for rebate availability and amounts:
Residential Rebates or Business Rebates
Free Sprinkler Nozzles
Residents and businesses in Ontario can now get free high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles from local retail irrigation distributors. These nozzles, which use less water than conventional ones, help reduce runoff and can lower your water bill. Available while supplies last!
- Residential customers can receive up to 25 free nozzles per customer account
- Commercial, industrial, and institutional customers can receive up to 100 free nozzles per customer account (more may be made available depending on need).
Get a Free Irrigation Evaluation
Residents and businesses in Ontario can get a free evaluation of their outdoor landscape irrigation system. Most homes use 60-70% of their water outdoors and 2-3 times what they need to use. Learn how you can use less, and save!
Ontario Municipal Utilities, in partnership with Chino Basin Water Conservation District, is pleased to offer all water customers a free landscape irrigatino system evaluation. This evaluation will be conducted by the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, a public California Special District, through its Landscape Evaluation and Audit Program (LEAP). LEAP uses modern measuring techniques and qualified irrigation system evaluators to provide you with a report containing the following information.
- Past water use, correct future use levels, and potential savings
- Irrigation water budget
- Recommended improvements, prioritized based on cost
- Identification of onsite concerns, with photographs
- Individualized watering schedule
The evaluation will also provide information on current rebates and incentives available for irrigation system improvements. If you would like to take advantage of this free landscape irrigation evaluation, please click here to download an application and mail or fax it completed and signed to the following address:
P.O. Box 2400
4594 San Bernardino Street
Montclair, CA 91763-0900
Fax: (909) 626-5974
If you have any questions about this program, please call (909) 395-2671 or email
Be Water Wise.Com
This website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in ways to make more efficient use of water, particularly outside their home. Loads of tips, valuable information about native plants, how to have a water wise landscape and efficient landscape watering practices are available to you.
Saving Water in and Around Your Home
The H2OUSE Water Saver Home is a virtual encyclopedia of water saving tips and measures for every area of our residence from meters, to fixing leaks, to landscaping, to what to do in a drought; there's even a suggested reading list.
Use Water Wisely.Com
Use Water Wisely.Com website is a project of WEWAC - the Water Education Water Awareness Committee. WEWAC provides water educational workshops, sponsors water awareness events, and offers educational grant opportunities for teachers.
This web site contains general conservation information, including a drip calculator that helps you calculate how much water you use per day, month and year.
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) was formed in 1950 to supply imported drinking water to the Chino Basin. Originally named the Chino Basin Municipal Water District, IEUA has been a leader in water supply planning and programs to protect the region’s vital water supplies for over fifty years.
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Since the establishment of the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in 1949, it has actively protected and replenished the Chino Groundwater Basin with natural area rainfall and storm water discharge from the San Gabriel Mountains. The District’s service area includes the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland.
California Water Awareness Campaign
The California Water Awareness Campaign is a year-long effort by organizations throughout California to heighten public awareness of water conservation, water management, water supply, water quality and distribution. Each year under the campaign's umbrella, observance of Water Awareness Month is held in May.
EPA: Protect Your Drinking Water for Life
This web site contains general conservation information. Offers tips on how to protect your drinking water: Be Informed, Be Observant, Be Involved and Don't Contaminate!