On August 12, 2021, the District Board of Directors passed Resolution 633, Implementing Stage 2 of the 2020 Water Shortage Contingency Plan and Urging a Voluntary 15 Percent Reduction in Water Usage by all Customers in Response to Severe Drought Conditions due to the following:
- Extreme drought conditions in California.
- Proclamation issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 8, 2021, expanding declaration of State of Emergency in California due to the severe drought condition to include San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and calling on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent.
- Call from San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency asking all customers for a voluntary 15 percent water use reduction.
The Westborough Water District would like to remind its customers of the importance of water conservation. We urge all of our customers to reduce their usage by 15% to meet our expected water consumption reduction.
If you are considering remodeling your house or putting a new landscape, it is very important that you refer and adhere to the following ordinances adopted by the Board of Directors of the Westborough Water District on January 14, 2010:
- Ordinance No. 58, Westborough Water District Indoor Water Use Efficiency Ordinance (PDF)
- Ordinance No. 59, Westborough Water District Conservation in Landscaping Ordinance (PDF)
- Ordinance No. 64, Prohibiting Wasteful Water Use Within the District (PDF)
Ten Important Water Conservation Tips
- Water your garden and lawn early in the morning rather than mid-day and water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass and if it springs back when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So, set your sprinklers for less frequent watering. Better yet, in times of drought, water with a hose!
- Fix leaky faucets, leaky toilets, and plumbing joints as soon as they are detected.
- Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end with a trigger nozzle that automatically turns off. You’ll save a significant amount of water if you wash your cars frequently.
- Install water saving shower heads.
- Select correct water levels for laundry loads and wash only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
- Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths. Even a one- or two-minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons a month.
- Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, decks, driveways, and sidewalks.
- Replace your old water guzzling toilet with a new HET or MapPremium toilet. For additional information visit www.bayareaconservation.org
- Position sprinklers so they are not wasting water by spraying the house, sidewalk, or street.
Save More Water and Money: Rebate programs
Rebate programs are an incentive to get customers that are contemplating purchasing a new toilet or washing machine to purchase one that is low flow and/or energy efficient. Click here for more information about our current rebate programs.
Make your garden beautiful and more water efficient. Transform your current landscaping to the garden you want and use water more efficiently. Sign up for FREE water-wise landscaping classes offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA).
- To view a list of classes and to register online, visit BAWCA Landscape Classes. Registration is required to attend.
- To register by phone: 650-349-3000
- To register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registration for Millbrae class only, call 650-259-2348
- For Bay-Friendly Workshops: go to RescapeCA.org or call 510-444-SOIL
How to Find and Repair Leaks
Toilet Leaks: Some toilet leaks make a running sound. Others are silent. To detect a silent leak, put some drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. Wait twenty minutes. If there is coloring in the bowl, you have a leak. Many toilet leaks can be fixed with simple tools and a do-it-yourself manual. The WWD can also provide you with toilet dye strips to help you test your toilets.
Water Meter Leak Detection: First, you must know where your meter is located. If you are unsure, contact the District. To check for leaks follow these steps:
- Method 1: Turn off all water taps inside and outside your home. Record the meter reading and return in two to three hours to check for change in the reading. If the meter reading has changed, you may have a leak. Click here to learn how to read your meter.
- Method 2: Most of the meters have a small black or red triangle on the meter designed to detect even small leaks. If this triangle is moving when you have all water off inside and outside your home, you may have a leak. Click here to learn how to read your meter.
Common sources of leaks are a toilet that is running, a constant drip in a sink or outdoor faucet, a loose or dripping washer connection, or a home water treatment unit.
Request a Leak Test
If you still not sure whether or not you have a leak your location, the Westborough Water District field staff will gladly conduct a leak test free of charge for any of its customers. This leak test requires that the customer not use any water for approximately four hours. The District Field Staff will monitor the meter, calculate any usage, and contact the customer with the results.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DISTRICT FIELD STAFF WILL NOTIFY CUSTOMER IF THERE IS A LEAK(S) DETECTED, BUT THE DISTRICT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOCATING THE ORIGIN OF THE LEAK(S). IT IS THE CUSTOMER’S OBLIGATION TO LOCATE THE LEAK(S) AND REPAIR IT (THEM).
Free Water Conservation Products Available!
Stop by the Westborough Water District's office to pick up your free water conservation products. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please only request the item(s) you will be using. See below for items we offer (colors may be different than those shown here):
|Bathroom||1.5 GPM Low-Flow Shower Head|
|Bathroom||1.0 GPM Needle Spray Aerator|
|Bathroom||Toilet Dye Strips to Test for Toilet Leaks|
|Kitchen||1.5 GPM Dual Function Aerator|
|Garden||6 Precision Spray Patterns Garden Nozzle|