Water Efficiency

Free Sprinkler Nozzles

The program was first developed by Riverside Public Utilities and Western Municipal Water District, in partnership with the Toro® Company, for City of Riverside residents. These agencies have generously offered to expand the program to include Inland Empire Utilities Agency and its retail water agencies, including Monte Vista Water District. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is providing funding for the nozzles.

Residential Landscape Retrofit Program

Regional Landscape Training Classes / Residential Workshops

The landscape classes offered through Inland Empire Utilities Agency service areas are FREE of charge. The descriptions below provide a basic overview of the topics covered. Check with your local water agency for upcoming classes.

  • The Basics – Attendees will learn basic information about efficient irrigation systems, soils, design practices, fertilizers and water wise plants. This workshop will provide just enough information to leave attendees wanting more, which you can learn about in our other specialty class
  • Backyard Composting Workshop – Attendees will learn how to, and the benefits of, backyard composting and worm composting. In addition, this workshop will teach attendees about water wise gardening. Information on where to buy various style bins locally or how to make your own inexpensive bin will also be available.
  • Maintenance, Pruning & Integrated Pest Management – Attendees will learn how and when to prune and maintain various plants and trees. In addition, this workshop will teach attendees about environmentally safe and effective ways to avoid and reduce pest problems in the garden.
  • Irrigation, Soil & Fertilizers – Attendees will learn how to modify their irrigation system to operate more efficiently. This workshop will also teach attendees the basics on how to work with their particular soil, as well as how and when to fertilize.
  • Plants & Planting – Attendees will learn about a variety of attractive Native and California Friendly® plants and the proper way to plant them.
  • Preparation & Design – Attendees will learn how to remove their existing, high water use grass and/or plants and the steps to take to design and re-landscape the area with water wise plants.
  • Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC) Workshop – Attend a free workshop to learn about weather based irrigation controllers (WBIC) and to see if you qualify to receive a free weather based irrigation controller.

Water Saving Garden Friendly

The Water Saving Garden Friendly program was created to assist consumers in locating and learning about climate-appropriate plants for the Inland Empire. The program provides educational opportunities and easily identifiable and obtainable sources of climate-appropriate plants. With the increasing uncertainty of our future water supplies, the public has become aware of the need to utilize climate-appropriate plants. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to begin and that’s where we come in. Click here for more info.

Click here for Water Saving Landscaping in the IE - Plant Design Database

Community and Business Members

Rebate Programs

In partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and local retail water agencies of the Chino Basin, IEUA offers water efficient rebates that reward residential customers for selecting high efficiency toilets, clothes washers, landscape devices, and other appliances and rewards business customers for purchasing and/or installing water efficient appliances.

IEUA offers residential rebates through SoCal WaterSmart, including: high efficiency clothes washers, high efficiency toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers, high efficiency sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels, soil moisture sensors, and free landscape evaluations. IEUA offers commercial rebates through SoCal WaterSmart, including; high efficiency toilets, urinals, and irrigation devices, food industry, plumbing, and HVAC equipment, and incentives for public agency landscape and water savings incentive programs for commercial customers.

IEUA also offers a residential automatic water softener rebate.

Funding is limited and program participation is on a first come, first served basis, only.
Programs run annually on a fiscal basis from July 1st through June 30th.
For additional information regarding any of the residential or commercial rebates, or to inquire about any water management program, IEUA encourages residents to call their local water agency or visit IEUA Rebates.

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Rebates
Automatic Water Softener

Water Use Efficiency Programs

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency sponsors and offers an array of water use efficiency incentive programs for customers who reside within IEUA’s service area; including the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, and Upland, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana Water Company, Monte Vista Water District, and San Antonio Water Company.

IEUA provides water efficient rebates for residential and commercial customers, large and small residential irrigation upgrade programs, a high-efficiency free sprinkler nozzles online voucher program, a residential pressure regulation program, and residential landscape training classes focusing on sustainable landscape concepts (design, irrigation, plant selection, care, and maintenance) among other activities.

Funding is limited and program participation is on a first come, first served basis, only.
Programs run annually on a fiscal basis from July 1st through June 30th.

For more information on our Water Use Efficiency Programs, please contact Lisa Morgan-Perales, Senior Water Resources Analyst at lperales@ieua.org or 909.993.1520.

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Water Use Efficiency Programs

Learn About Water Saving Tips

Water is California's most precious and natural resource. How we manage it today will affect nearly every aspect of our future. It’s easy for every Californian—young and old—to save water every day. The good news is there are lots of simple ways to reduce the amount of water that we use at home, both inside and outside. If we all work together, we can make a difference for California’s future. The Inland Empire Utilities Agency offers a variety of water saving tips and resources. Simple changes can add up to a lot of savings. Water landscape in the early morning hours, choose climate appropriate plants, place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and use a broom instead of a hose on the driveway. Saving water indoors can be as easy as turning off the water when brushing your teeth, installing water saving shower heads, taking shorter showers, fixing leaky faucets and plumbing fixtures and running the dishwasher only when full. These simple changes can add up to big water savings.

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Water Saving Tips

Upcoming Events and Meetings

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency hosts and sponsors a wide range of community events free to the public throughout the year. Events include: Earth Day Celebration held annually in April, compost giveaways, Days at the LA Fair, blood drives, and a Landscape Water Conservation Fair held annually in October. The Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s Board of Directors meetings are held every First and Third Wednesday of every month.

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Visit the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park

The Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park consists of 22 acres and 1.7 miles of trails that are landscaped with a wide variety of climate appropriate and low water use plants, and features a state-of-the-art irrigation management system. The park is open to the public to enjoy at their leisure during daylight hours as well as providing an educational experience to students through the Water Discovery Field Trip program. Some of the key components of the park are the community education elements that weave throughout the site. The park serves as a demonstration area for the community on improving water supply, stormwater treatment and water use efficiency. Additional park features include wetlands and riparian habitats, trails, sampling stations, picnic areas, visitor’s center, parking, bridges, and an amphitheater.

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CHINO CREEK WETLANDS AND EDUCATIONAL PARK
GIS MAP
CALENDAR
WATER DISCOVERY PROGRAM
PARK BLOG
PARK BROCHURE

Learn about California's Drought

Last year, was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and the State is still facing serious drought conditions. Water conservation is always important in California, but this year no Californian should waste even one drop of water. It is vital that everyone in California do their part to reduce their water use.

IEUA and its member agencies started ramping up their water use efficiency programs in January in response to the Governor’s Declaration of a Statewide drought on January 17, 2014. IEUA adopted a formal drought resolution on April 16, 2014, calling for extraordinary conservation actions to achieve a 20% reduction in water use. IEUA also supplies recycled water to replace the use of potable (drinkable) supplies for outdoor watering and other non-potable purposes.

In response to the issuance of a “Water Supply Alert” by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on imported water supplies, IEUA member agencies have implemented local water conservation ordinances that include mandatory water-use restrictions. To find out more about restrictions in your area, please contact your local water agency.

For more information on the drought, water saving rebates and tips visit the Save Your Water page.

Water Shortage & Drought Response Page

Capital Improvement Projects

To track current construction projects please visit the CIPO website. To obtain a list of current RFP's visit BidNet Network Bid System.

Service Area

Located in San Bernardino County, The Inland Empire Utilities Agency covers 242-square miles, distributes imported water, provides industrial/municipal wastewater collection and treatment services, and other related utility services to more than 875,000 residents through its member agencies which include Chino, Chino Hills, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana, Fontana Water Company, Montclair, Monte Vista Water District, Ontario, and Upland.

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Automatic Water Softener

What is a self-regenerating water softener?

Self-regenerating water softeners are water softening systems to which you or a service provider adds salt (sodium or potassium chloride pellets). Water softeners that include a regular service to change out the tank on your conditioners are not considered harmful.

What is the difference between a water softener and a water conditioner?

A water conditioner refers the broad scope of water treatment to suit a particular usage requirement whereas a water softener is a form of water softening that uses ion exchange technology to specifically remove Calcium and Magnesium.

Why should I remove my self-regenerating water softener?

Automatic water softeners, the type to which you add salt (sodium chloride or potassium chloride), produce a salty discharge measured as Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). If levels of TDS become too high the recycled water quality fails to meet the requirements for recycled water established by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for beneficial uses.

What are Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)?

TDS is a measure of the amount of dissolved salts and other minerals in water. In the Inland Empire, after water is used in homes and goes down the drain, the wastewater ends up in the sewer system. From there it flows to one of four water recycling plants. Even though these facilities provide a high level of treatment and remove many impurities and pollutants from the wastewater, they are not designed to remove TDS.

How do Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels affect recycled water?

Recycled water is our most sustainable and drought-proof water supply. Recycled water provides a safe, cost-effective and reliable supply of high quality water. By using recycled water for specific purposes, IEUA helps our community preserve limited water supplies for drinking water and other household uses. The largest constraint on groundwater and recycled water supplies is the amount of salt in the water: self-regenerating water softeners discharge about one pound of salt per day into the regional sewer. If this does not stop, it will result in additional treatment costs and could significantly increase your sewer bills. For more information about IEUA’s recycled water program, please visit our recycled water department.

Will I save water if I remove my automatic water softener?

Yes. By removing your self-regenerating water softener you can save up to 5000 gallons per year depending on the water quality, age and type of self-regenerating water softener you own.

What type of rebate is offered if I remove my self-regenerating water softener?

To encourage you to remove your automatic water softeners, the IEUA is offering you 100 percent of the reasonable value (between $300-$2,000), plus free removal and disposal. The water softener must be connected and in working condition to qualify for the rebate. If you live in the IEUA service area* you can submit an application form with proof of purchase and the IEUA will send you a letter stating the rebate offer based on the purchase price, make, model, and age of the unit.

*The IEUA serves the Cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Upland and to the Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana Water Company, Monte Vista Water District, and the San Antonio Water Company.

How can I obtain proof of purchase for my self-regenerating water softener if I do not have a receipt?

Proof of purchase may be obtained by calling records departments for many of the big box stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Costco. Companies that install self-regenerating water softeners, such as Culligan, GE, Kenmore (Sears), and Rayne, will also be able to provide you with receipts and purchase information. Credit card companies can also provide back-statements that would include purchase prices.

Without proof of purchase, you can still receive a $300 rebate if the self-regenerating water softener is connected and in working condition.

What options and alternatives are available once I remove my softener?

You can switch to an alternative means of water conditioning, such as an exchange tank water softening system. Some vendors offer non-salt treatment units for water conditioning.

The Sanitation District of Los Angeles County (LACSD) offers a listing of more than 50 alternative water conditioning systems. The site includes reviews from community members on the various products and services. The IEUA does not endorse any particular water conditioning unit, or provide any assurances regarding the effectiveness of any unit.

Who is the IEUA and how can I contact them for more information?

IEUA is a municipal water district that distributes imported water, provides industrial/municipal wastewater collection and treatment services, and other related utility services to the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Upland, as well as to the Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana Water Company, Monte Vista Water District, and the San Antonio Water Company.

If you have any further questions about the self-regenerating water softener rebate program or want more information about recycled water, you may call the IEUA at 909-993-1550 or email at softenerrebate@ieua.org.