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Water Use in the Bear Valley
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” ~Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790), Poor Richard's Almanac, 1746

Time to Conserve
No one likes being told what to do.  People want the quickest, easiest solution to their problems, be it washing a car, landscaping a yard, or getting pine needles off the deck.  But when those easy solutions add up to one big problem, it’s time to change.

The Bear Valley relies solely on aquifers, or groundwater wells, for our drinking water.  Unlike many cities in the Southwest, none of our water is imported.  We do not rely on water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Central Valleys, or the Colorado River.  Think of an aquifer as a large bucket.  If lots of people take that water from it, the level goes down.  When it rains or snows, water percolates into the ground and fills the bucket up.  If people keep taking water from that bucket, but it never gets replenished, the bucket will eventually be emptied.  In 2002, after a population increase and several drought years, the aquifers in the Bear Valley were nearly running out of water.  Over the previous decade, the population had grown 8%, while water use had grown 35%.  This was our wake up call to start conserving our water resources and eliminating wasteful practices.

Since then, demand has been reduced by nearly 30% due to your conservation efforts, from replacing your old plumbing fixtures with high-efficiency fixtures to removing your turf.  Continuing the practices of conserving water and eliminating wasteful practices, known as water-use efficiency, can ensure that we have enough water in the "bank" for drought years. 

Water-Use Rules & Regulations - Bear Valley
The DWP has the following water-use rules and regulations in place for Bear Valley residents and visitors to ensure that our limited water supply is conserved and not wasted.  Download a copy of our Water Conservation Policy.
  • Water should be used reasonably and productively at all times.
  • All water leaks from any water line, faucet, toilet, etc. must be repaired once detected.
  • Water must be kept from running off onto adjacent properties, public or private roadways, and streets.
  • No hose washing of sidewalks, driveways, patios, or other paved areas except when needed to protect public health and safety.
  • Automatic shut-off nozzles must be used on hand-held hoses.
  • Washing vehicles must be done with a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • There shall be no use of water from fire hydrants, except for fire protection and approved construction purposes.
  • Landscape watering shall be done before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. from April 1st through November 1st.
  • Follow an alternate day watering schedule (even/odd):
    • If your address ends in an odd number, water on odd calendar dates: 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.
    • If your address ends in an even number, water on even calendar dates: 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.
  • No outdoor watering on major summer holiday weekends (notices will be posted if watering restrictions are in place).
  • All irrigation systems must be shut off and winterized November 1st through April 1st.
  • Turf (grass) installations shall be limited to 1,000 square feet.  If you already have turf, you may install additional turf that totals 1,000 square feet (including both existing and new turf).  Click here for a full list of landscape regulations.
  • Temporary watering exemptions are available, but you must obtain a water permit.

Contact Us
There is no excuse for water abuse.  If you have questions, would like some more information, or would like some conservation tips, please email or call the Conservation Department at (909) 866-5050 X 202.