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Posted on: December 21, 2020

New in town?

If you're new in town or thinking about making the move, the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water extends our warmest welcome. There is a lot to learn! Here are our top five tips:

  1. ALL of Big Bear's drinking water is groundwater. Rather than the lake, it comes from local wells and springs so it's some of the best water in Southern California. Next time you're at the grocery store, skip the bottle and try our tap! However, this also means our water supply is limited to what is replenished with rain and snow so conservation is key. 
    1. Learn more about Replenish Big Bear, a valley wide plan to keep the water in our watershed.
    2. Access our most recent Water Quality Reports (aka Consumer Confidence Reports). 
  2. Big Bear is a pioneer in water use efficiency. The BBLDWP has had conservation policies in effect since the 90's, and a comprehensive program since 2003 when a major drought threatened our water supply. Since then, we have reduced our per person water use by more than 25%!
    1. Read our conservation policies
    2. Our regulations as well as state law require new homes be retrofit with water efficient plumbing fixtures. Get more information on how we enforce it. 
    3. Find resources on drought, state regulations, reporting leaks and more. 
  3. If you're planning any renovations, inside or out, first contact the BBLDWP Conservation Department to inquire about toilet, turf and irrigation rebates, free faucet aerators, native plant seeds and so much more. 
    1. Get the scoop on rebates!
    2. Learn about how to work with your yard to create a sustainable, climate friendly, low maintenance landscape
      1. Get the details on what's required for landscape projects
  4. Winter up here is serious business! Temperatures reach negative numbers, resulting in frozen water and burst pipes, even steel and copper. Learn how to winterize and be sure you have a working stop and drain valve. When temperatures drop, remember to use it. 
    1. Learn more about winterization and year round leak protection.
  5. Be nice and say "Hi!" Big Bear and our surrounding communities still hold a small town charm. Our neighbors are our friends, our employees are like family. If you have a question, just give us a call. We'll do whatever we can to help. 
    1. Have a new BBLDWP account? Sign up to view your account information online. 
    2. Sign up for updates. You can choose what topics you want including jobs, emergencies, meetings and more. 

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