As California experiences a prolonged drought and water prices continue to rise, water conservation is essential.
Review City ordinances, and review programs that are available to help you conserve water:
- Water Conservation Ordinance
- Water-Efficient Landscaping Ordinance
- General Information about the Drought in Claremont
- Getting Started - A Guide to Drought Tolerant Landscaping
Water consumption in Claremont is high: per capita consumption averaged 330 gallons per day over a period from 2001-2010. In 2009, Claremont had over 9,300 single-family residences consuming an average of 588 gallons per day.
Community Water Consumption
Claremont Tree Crisis
Many of Claremont’s trees are becoming drought-stressed. The City reminds residents to make sure trees continue to get enough water, even as drought conditions and conservation measures continue. Trees are a valuable public resource and should be given watering priority over lawns, which can be replaced far more quickly than trees. For more information about Claremont’s trees, please refer to this page and this tree watering guide.
Water Conservation Programs
|Turf Removal Program (Program has been suspended)
Due to exhausted funds, the Turf Removal Program is currently suspended. For more information about the program or waitlist, please view the links in the paragraph below. (Golden State Water Company partnered with Three Valleys Municipal Water District to offer a Turf Removal Program within the City of Claremont. The program was offering rebates to homeowners who replaced turf with water-wise landscaping and provided $2 per square foot (up to $3,000 per residence and up to $5,000 for commercial).)
Other conservation programs offered by the partnership include rebates for high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency clothes washers, smart irrigation controllers, and efficient sprinkler nozzles. Details of the program and an application to participate can be found at gswater.com/conservation or at www.socalwatersmart.com.
The Drought Resistant Irrigation Program (DRIP) is a landscape retrofit program envisioned as a partnership between the City of Claremont and Sustainable Claremont. DRIP’s mission is to dramatically reduce the amount of potable water used for landscape irrigation; to promote landscape conservation practices in a way that broadens the City’s aesthetic without diminishing it; to create a network of resources and provide information for homeowner landscape retrofit projects; and to create a more sustainable community water ethic.
Given that Claremont’s local water supplier, Golden State Water, estimates 70% of local water usage goes to landscape irrigation, DRIP exists to help residents reduce their outdoor consumption of potable water. As a conservation program, DRIP fits into a wide network of municipalities and nonprofits promoting rigorous water conservation measures in the face of Southern California’s water scarcity and shortages. DRIP provides many benefits: participants benefit through reduced water bills; water supply benefits from increased groundwater recharge and reduced consumption; and the community benefits from varied sustainable landscapes appropriate for our semi-arid climate.