Water Conservation

Hands holding the earth while water spills from the hands

Self-Certification of Water Supply – 2016

On May 9, 2016 , the Governor issued an Executive Order that directs the State Water Resources Control Board to adjust and extend its emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017 in recognition of the differing water supply conditions for many communities;  see the link below:


The District is in compliance pursuant to section 864.5(a)(4) of this new rulemaking, Self-Certification of Supply Reliability for Three Additional Drought Years. The documents TUD submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on June 17, 2016 are listed below:

Water Supply Reliability Documents – June 2016
Water Supply Reliability Certification Form
TUD Summary of Self-Certification of Water Supply
Certification of Self-Certified Conservation Form


Water Restrictions Lifted-Use Water Wisely

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, at its Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, lifted the water conservation restrictions previous enacted in February as mandated by the state. The District’s water supply has greatly improved compared to the last few years and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is now allowing more local control regarding any water conservation measures. TUD will not be imposing a water conservation reduction target this year, but will continue to follow and adhere to the water conservation regulations imposed by the State Board. The SWRCB has set statewide water conservation regulations for all residents to follow. See the attached document with a listing of water conservation regulations from the State Water Resources Control Board.

State Launches Rebate Programs for Consumers

Turf Replacement:

As of August 12, 2015, the State has released information regarding the residential turf rebate program. The program will rebate up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement to water-efficient landscaping and has an overall budget of $24 million from Proposition 1 funding.  The easiest way to complete the application is online at Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $2,000 per household. Consumers are eligible to replace turf that is living or dead (but not bare earth) at the time of the rebate application.

Toilet Replacement:

Rebates of up to $100 per household are available to consumers to replace one old toilet (greater than 1.6 gallons per flush) with a new, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less).  The $6 million toilet rebate program, also funded through Proposition 1, will help Californians replace approximately 60,000 old, inefficient toilets.

For more information and to apply for a rebate, visit the State’s new website, Save Our Water Rebates.

Water Conservation Efforts

As Californians face a fourth year of serious drought, Save Our Water — a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources — is in high gear to reach out to consumers with information on reducing household water use, both indoors and outdoors. Save Our WaterBuilding on the program’s successes in 2014, Save Our Water is expanding its focus on changing long-term water-use behavior to help Californians keep the momentum they have built as they answer the call to save water. Check out the SaveOurWater.com website today for additional water conservation tips.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners TUD is glad to partner with the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners who offer FREE advice and guidance to help all residents manage gardens and landscapes during this drought. Visit the University of California Tuolumne County Master Gardeners website today by clicking here.

Does Your Toilet Leak?


Leaks inside your toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day! Using toilet tank leak detector tablets give you a quick, easy way to check for leaks. Stop by TUD’s offices at 18885 Nugget Blvd., in Sonora to pick up your free toilet tank leak detector tablets. For more information, click here.

Replace Your Toilet and Save $$$

Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) is supporting an effort to maximize water resources, using cost effective conservation programs for water management and to comply with state and federal mandated requirements. Setting up a Toilet Rebate Program is beneficial not only to TUD, but to its water customers in an effort to conserve water for the entire District and save our customers money. See if you qualify for a Toilet Rebate, click the following link for the Toilet Rebate Form.

Gardening in the Sierra Foothills

Tuolumne Utilities District has teamed up with the local Master Gardeners in an effort to continue to educate our customers about various ways to conserve water. For tips on gardening in your area, visit the University of California Tuolumne County Master Gardeners website by clicking here. Stop by TUD’s office today to pick up the latest TUD and Master Gardener’s brochure on “Save Water in your Garden and Landscape” or “Foothill-Friendly Gardening”. Garden Information Or you may download these Garden Information brochures by downloading below:

Thank you for your continuing support of wise water practices.

More Conservation Links

  • Pick the best lawn for conservation provided by UCDavis, Agriculture and Natural Resources – ucdavis.edu
  • California Drought Preparedness – Protecting California’s Most Precious Resource: Water – cadroughtprep.net
  • Climate Change, water.ca.gov