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RCWD is not a land use or zoning regulator, as this is the responsibility of the city or county. RCWD is a utility service provider based upon the land use regulations of the city or county. RCWD is also unique in comparison with other water districts in which RCWD has an Agency Agreement program such that RCWD allocates the supply of groundwater to all properties within its service area which has a signed Agency Agreement. In addition, new water service customers are regulated to a greater extent to utilize water efficient devices and restrictive outdoor landscaping and irrigation in comparison with existing water service customers.
In order to equitably allocate its water resources for new and existing customers, RCWD is currently evaluating the potential application of a water demand offset program for new water service customers or other service requirements. Regardless of a new or existing water service, all customers need to efficiently use water during years of drought and surplus.
Water is a finite resource and needs to be used efficiently in order to ensure a continued reliable supply. Water budgets are customized to each individual property to give each customer an appropriate amount of water to meet their needs and to encourage water efficiency. Only customers wasting water will pay the higher tiered rates. What YOU Can Do to Save H20
Examples of water waste would include defective sprinklers spraying water into the street, leaking pipes or irrigation systems operating during the day, instead of in the early morning or evening. Report Water Waste Form
Imported Water: RCWD also purchases water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This agency imports water from Northern California and the Colorado River. Water delivered to homes and businesses is a blend of well water (30%) and imported water (65%).
Water Recycling: Highly treated wastewater (5%) is used to irrigate some golf courses and large landscaped areas. Thirsty Southern California is using more and more recycled water for irrigation in order to save its precious well water and imported water for drinking and household use.