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Conservation News

  • Our Mission: Conservation — Desert Friendly Plant Guide Select from more than 350 plants with over 800 photos to help you create your own water-conserving landscape. Join us in making conservation your mission!
    Click here to visit the plant guide site.
  • Turf Rebate Program
    Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) has implemented a Turf Rebate Program to incentivize the removal of high water consuming turf grass (and/or significant groundcover plant materials that are similar in water demand) and replace it with desert-friendly, water-efficient landscaping - Click here to access the program documents page for more information.
  • Drought Mandate
    On November 17, 2016, the MSWD Board of Directors acted to remove restrictions on watering days for outdoor landscaping by rescinding Resolution No. 2015-06. Customers are now permitted to water on any day.

    The Board also enacted Resolution No. 2016-25 which continues time of day watering restrictions to before 6 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Restrictions issued by the Governor and codified in CA State Water Board Emergency Regulation, Resolution No. 2016-0029 are also still in effect.
  • Emergency Regulation For Statewide Urban Water Consumption
  • Self-Certified Conservation Standard
    On May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. Each water supplier is required to evaluate its supply portfolio and self-certify the accuracy of its information; the State Water Board assigns each supplier a mandatory conservation standard equal to the percentage deficiency the supplier identifies in its supply under certain specified assumptions. See this webpage Water Conservation Portal for more information on the May 2016 emergency regulation. The new conservation standards take effect in June and remain in effect until the end of January 2017.

    Mission Springs Water District has submitted the required certification documentation viewable here:

Rebate Programs


Conservation Tips

When is the best time to start practicing water conservation?
It’s NOW!

When improving your water use habits, it’s good to think about water use both inside and outside the house.

There is a new regional conservation site available to assist you in your conservation efforts. CVWaterCounts.com, a product of the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group, Prop 84 Grant, went live on October 19, 2013! You will find all kinds of tools and interesting information about conservation throughout the Coachella Valley and what each District is doing to ensure an ample supply of water in the future. Go to CVWaterCounts.com to learn more.
Become a Cool water saver with our Evaporative Cooler Maintenance Tip Sheet.

Would you like a no-cost audit on your evaporative cooler?
Call MSWD at (760) 329-6448, ext. 121 for more information.
Inside The House

Inside The House

Do you have any leaks or dripping faucets? Find out just how much water is wasted by leaks and drips by using this handy WaterWiser® Drip Calculator.

Take a water use tour around this fun and interactive water-wise home. There you’ll find household conservation tips, a useful water budget calculator, and inspirational garden guide for beautiful, water-efficient gardens.

Then visit Water Use It Wisely for 100 Water-Saving Tips, and more.

Find out if you’re flushing money down the drain – put a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It's easy to fix, and you can save more than 600 gallons a month.
Outside The House

Outside The House

Did you know that approximately 70% of water use happens outside the home? Find out if your landscape water use is within your annual water budget by using the water use calculator on the Water Conserving Landscapes page.

Read MSWD’s Water Efficient Landscaping Guidelines, MSWD Water Efficient Landscape Guidelines - 2010 updates and changes, and MSWD Signature Title Block Landscape Plans.

Come visit the MSWD water efficient demonstration garden at the administration building at 66575 Second Street to see some desert-friendly plants up close.

Check out CVWD’s Mind Your Water site for a nifty landscape watering guide.

For more beautiful desert garden examples, visit the Gardens at the Living Desert, and join the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley (DHSCV).

MSWD Resources

Stop by the MSWD office and check out the literature rack in the lobby, which contains many informative brochures on water use and conservation in your home and your landscape. There are also fun and educational children’s activities  for the kids. Some of the brochures featured in the rack are:
  • 25 Things You Can Do to Prevent Water Waste
  • Lifestyle Landscaping: Landscape Choices for Your Home
  • Important Information About Water Pressure
  • Working Together for Safe Water
  • The Care and Feeding of Your Septic Tank