Water Wisdom

Prevent Water Waste

Water conservation and eliminating waste is a critical part of any long-term water supply strategy. The water district serving Tiburon, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), has clearly defined parameters of "water waste" and encourages customers to be responsible with their water use by discouraging the following water waste practices: 

  • Irrigating ornamental landscape areas or turf areas more than three times per week
  • Irrigating ornamental landscape areas or turf areas during and 48 hours after rainfall
  • Irrigating between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., except for system testing and repair
  • Using a hose without a shutoff nozzle
  • Hosing down sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking lots, and other hard-surfaced areas
  • Water leaks within the customer's plumbing or private distribution systems that are not repaired within 48 hours of discovery or notification from the district, whichever occurs first
  • Irrigation systems that allow water to pond on the site, over-water, or overspray the areas being watered to the point where water is collecting and/or creating runoff
  • The use of non-recirculating decorative water fountains
  • Any excess water runoff flowing onto the public right of way at a rate of one gallon per minute or greater, with the exception of storm water and naturally occurring groundwater 

If you are planning a remodel, building a new home or working on a landscape project, read up on MMWD's Water Conservation requirements. These requirements encourage the wise use of limited water resources. You can even voluntarily follow these standards in your home - you just might notice a savings on your water bill!

Prevent Pollution

You can do your part to prevent storm water polluting by eliminating landscape chemicals, washing your car at a car wash, properly disposing of pet waste, and practicing proper disposal of chemicals. 

Upgrade Your Home

The Marin Municipal Water District offers rebates and incentives for customers dedicated to water conservation. Rebates are available from MMWD for the following products: High-Efficiency Clothes Washers, Hot Water Recirculating Systems, Laundry-to-Landscape Components, Organic Mulch, Pool Covers, Rain Barrels, High-Efficiency Toilets, and High-Efficiency Urinals. You can also drop by the MMWD offices in Corte Madera to pick up one free high-efficiency shower head or faucet aerator per household. 

If you are looking for other ways to save water in your home, MMWD can send a water conservation expert to your home for a free consultation. MMWD staff discover surprise leaks in about one third of the homes they visit.