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Use Water Wisely

ERWSD is committed to water conservation and helping our customers reduce their water use. We work to achieve this through education and outreach, tiered water rate structures, water use regulations, and minimizing inefficiencies in the public water system. It is our goal to work with customers, partners, and the general public to reduce the community's overall water use by 400-acre feet by 2026. 

Water supply in the Colorado River Basin is diminishing. We want to help you succeed in using water differently.  

One way to do this is to pay attention to your water use and bills. Monthly water and wastewater services increased by 10.9% for a typical customer in 2024, primarily due to ongoing regulatory mandates, aging infrastructure, and improving system resiliency.

Use our new interactive bill forecasting tool to see how these changes will impact your bill. You can modify your water use to see how your bill would change.

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Reduce your outdoor water use

Roughly 80% of water used for irrigation (outdoors) does not return directly to a local river or stream. Whereas ~95% of water used indoors goes directly back to local waterways after being treated in one of our wastewater treatment facilities. The biggest opportunity for water savings is to reduce your outdoor water use.

Here are some ways you can help protect water resources, your community, and your wallet:

  • Water less and more efficiently. Adjust your irrigation settings, talk with your landscaper, and water just enough for the plants in your landscaping.
  • Remove irrigated, non-functional lawn. Replacing lawn with native or drought tolerant vegetation will beautify your yard, require less water, and save you money.
  • Pay attention to your water use and bill. Use your free WaterSmart account to monitor use, track bills, and receive leak alerts at erwsd.watersmart.com.
  • Get a rebate. ERWSD offers rebates for landscape transformation, Smart Irrigation Controllers, and irrigation system upgrades.
  • Request an irrigation evaluation. Individually Metered Residential accounts are eligible for a free irrigation system evaluation conducted by our certified staff.

Our Water Use Regulations and rate structures are designed to make efficient use of water resources and to prevent waste and overuse. The regulations govern how water is used. The rate structure addresses both fixed and variable costs. The price for varying monthly water use increases as use increases, higher cost for high use promotes water conservation.

The district actively seeks to prevent water loss in the public water system, whether due to theft, system inefficiencies, line breaks or otherwise. Proactive actions anchor the district's approach to water conservation, whether at the utility or customer level.

We must all do our part to conserve our vital water resources. Please do what you can to reduce your use. 

For more information regarding available conservation resources, contact Customer Service at 970-476-7480.