Small System Water Conservation Assistance Program

About the Program

As part of Governor Newsom’s 2022 water supply strategy of adapting to a drier and hotter future, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with CalMutuals,  is providing direct technical, managerial, financial, and demand management implementation assistance to assist small water suppliers and communities overcome challenges with acquiring funding and implementing drought and conservation programs.

Eligibility

Participation in the program is by invitation only and limited to mutual water companies and other very small systems that:

  • Have been identified by the State Water Resource Control Board, in its SAFER 2022 Cost Assessment as out of compliance with the well depth measurement and/or metering requirements of SB552.
  • Have a moderate to high (50-100) DWR Water Shortage Vulnerability Score.
  • Are identified as disadvantaged or seriously disadvantaged community with a moderate (40-50) DWR Water Shortage Vulnerability Score.

Assistance

Qualifying small water systems will receive assistance with:

  • Well Groundwater Monitoring tools and training (required by Jan. 1, 2023)
    Training video: USGS Measuring Groundwater with Electric Tape
  • Metering of currently unmetered water connections (required by Jan. 1, 2032)
    Assistance with rate reviews and re­fining/establishing billing systems for newly metered systems.
  • Low Water Fixture Direct Installation

The Program provides water conservation services directly to shareholders/customers, helping reduce water use, and move towards community affordability. The direct installation of toilets and showerheads provided through the Program meets the EPA WaterSense efficiency criteria.

Water Sense Toilets

Flush Smarter

Homes that currently have older, inefficient toilets (using 1.6 gallons of water per flush or more) may qualify for a water-efficient, quiet-flush toilet that uses only 0.8 gallons per flush.

Replacing your toilet can save more than 10,000 gallons of water each year!

Premier Elongated - 1034392Premier Elongated
Bowl Toilet

Specifications

Model Number: 1034392

Rough-in: 12 inches from wall to bolts

Flush: 1.28 GPF

Use: Default model for rural service areas for homes with septic tanks systems (no sewer systems).

Premier Round - 1034391Premier Round
Bowl Toilet

Specifications

Model Number: 1034391

Rough-in: 12 inches from wall to bolts

Flush: 1.28 GPF

Use: Optional for rural service areas for homes with small bathrooms where elongated model bowl length does not fit.

Niagara Stealth Round Bowl Toilet (10″ Rough-In)

Specifications

Model Number: N7726RB

Rough-in: 10 inches from wall to bolts

Flush: 0.8 GPF

Use: Optional for rural or urban service areas for homes with 10″ rough-in distance from wall to bolts.

Niagara Stealth Elongated Bowl Toilet

Specifications

Model Number: N7717

Rough-in: 12 inches from wall to bolts

Flush: 0.8 GPF

Use: Default model for urban service areas for homes connected to a city sewer system.

Niagara Stealth Round Bowl Toilet

Specifications

Model Number: N7716

Rough-in: 12 inches from wall to bolts

Flush: 0.8 GPF

Use: Optional for urban service areas for homes connected to a city sewer system where elongated model bowl length does not fit.

Water Sense Showerheads

Shower Sustainably

New water-efficient showerheads are available for eligible homes that have high water-use showerheads.

These showerheads can decrease water usage by about 2,700 gallons per year!

Evolve Multifunction Handshower

Specifications

Model Number:
EV3040-CP150-SB

Flow Rate in Gallons per Minute: 1.5 GPM

Use: Default for all urban and rural service areas for showerhead replacement. This mode is a handheld with stainless steel hose.

Program Benefits to Date

Mutual Water Companies Assisted

7

Direct Installations

74 Meters 39 Toilets 19 Showerheads Sounders

 

Annual Water Savings (in Gallons)

Meters
 
Toilets
429,000
Showerheads
43,000
Sounders

 

 

Technical Assistance

2 Trainings Rate Studies Abridged Water Shortage Contingency Plans
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