Water use efficiency

The Orange County Water District is dedicated to the creation, promotion and management of water conservation and California’s water education programs throughout Orange County.

The Water Conservation Act of 2009 established a statewide goal of reducing urban per capita water use 20 percent by 2020—which would result in an almost 2 million acre-foot (651.7 billion gallons; 2.5 billion cubic meters) reduction by that year. Due to a fourth year of drought, the governor directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement unprecedented mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent.

Retail water suppliers have set per capita water use targets to meet these goals. Each city has its own restrictions and mandates. For the list of water providers in your area, please visit the Member Agencies page. Below are some helpful tips and rebates to help you reach your target.

Emergency conservation regulations

Following a three-year drought with little or no relief in sight, the State of California issued the following emergency conservation regulations:

Emergency conservation regulations

Water conserving devices and rebates

The Metropolitan Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) currently offers high-efficiency toilet and washer rebates and a turf removal program.

Water conserving devices and rebates

Conservation strategies

Droughts are a recurring fact of nature in California. It is important that everyone in Orange County makes a conscientious effort to use water as efficiently as possible.

Conservation strategies