Water Use Efficiency Programs

water use efficiency

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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. Click here for more info.

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

Residential Landscape Retrofit Program:

Initially launched in April 2011, the Residential Landscape Retrofit program provides outdoor irrigation evaluations and upgrades of inefficient landscape devices for retrofits of landscape devices for residential homeowners who reside on a quarter acre or larger who have been identified as a high water user. To see if you qualify for this program, please contact your local water agency/retailer.

  • In FY 2015-2016, there were 501 retrofits completed that included the installation of 778 weather based irrigation controllers and 9,135 high efficiency sprinkler nozzles representing an annual estimated water savings of 293 acre-feet and 2,730 acre-feet over the life of the devices.

  • Since program inception, a total of 1,302 site retrofits have been completed with annual water savings from device upgrades representing a cumulative total of 871 acre-feet per year and a lifetime savings of 7,496 acre-feet.

  • Since 2011, this program has been sponsored through a funding partnership between the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and currently 50% of project costs are financed under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, administered by State of California, Department of Water Resources.


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.


For more information on Water Use Efficiency Programs contact Lisa Morgan-Perales at (909) 993-1520 or lperales@ieua.org.