Jan. 17, Gov. Brown declared a drought state of emergency; directed state officials to take all necessary actions in response.
Calendar year 2013 closed as the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions suggest no change in sight for 2014. Much of unincorporated Napa County relies on groundwater or local supplies. Please visit the Save Our Water website to find information and tips on how to conserve water.
Make sure your outdoor irrigation is turned off. Make irrigation scheduling easy, and visit the City of Napa's water conservation page to find out more.
Rebates (updated Feb. 26)
Water conservation rebates (including the water agency portion of the PG&E Clothes Washer Rebates) are not yet available to unincorporated County residents. Check back in a few weeks for information about rebates offered to unincorporated Napa County residents or email Deborah Elliott to find out additional information.
If you receive a water bill, check with you water supplier to find out what rebates they offer.
March 10 and 11: Rainwater Harvesting Two Day Accredited Professional Workshop
Course provides attendees with knowledge for rainwater harvesting, both active and passive. This course will deal with residential, irrigation and commercial installations.
- design and installation for outdoor and in-home rain-water use;
- sanitation for potable uses;
- rules, regulations, guidelines and restrictions;
- business management;
- project planning;
- site and installation restrictions and safety; and
- system construction and maintenance.
For additional information and to register, visit the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association website.
March 5, 12, and 19: Bay-Friendly Training & Qualification for Designing Landscapes
Designed for landscape professionals. Bay-Friendly training will benefit public and private sector landscape professionals who design, build or manage
- municipal landscapes, schools, parks & recreational facilities
- commercial landscapes
- residential landscapes, yards & gardens, and
- construction of public & private landscapes.
Visit the Bay-Friendly website for additional information.
March 29, 2014 - Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop for Homeowners
If you would like to be notified about the workshop when additional information is available, please email Deborah Elliott.
Summer 2014 - Agriculture/Winery Water Conservation workshop
Stay tuned, the date has not yet been chosen. For information, contact Deborah Elliott.
Water Conservation Devices
Live in unincorporated Napa County? Please stop by the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District Office at 804 First Street in Napa to pick up some free water-saving devices.
- Faucet aerators
- Shower timers
- Hose nozzles
- Hose timers.
Remember, if you pay a City of Napa water bill, you are eligible for their rebates and water conservation devices. For more information, visit the City of Napa Water Division's Water Conservation website.
Rainwater Harvesting Incentives
The Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District offerings rebates to residents of the Napa River watershed who install rain gardens and rain barrels/cisterns on their property.
Roofs and other impervious surfaces alter natural hydrology, increasing the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff. This has a variety of impacts including
- streambank erosion
- degraded wildlife habitat
- structure damage
- beach closures, and
- in severe cases, land and mud slides.
Fortunately there are simple low-cost things that we can do to decrease the volume of, and minimize pollutants in, the runoff from our properties.
Rain gardens and rain barrels/cisterns are two simple strategies designed to slow, spread and sink stormwater before it has a chance to impact local creeks.
Rain gardens are landscaped areas designed to capture and treat rainwater that runs off roofs and paved surfaces. The Flood District will reimburse applicants in the Napa River Watershed $5 per square foot installed, up to a maximum of $1,500 for residential properties and up to $5,000 for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) properties.
Rain barrels and cisterns can be installed to capture stormwater runoff from rooftops and store it for later use. Residential property owners in the Napa River watershed may receive a 75% rebate for approved expenses up to $2 per gallon of storage capacity and $500 maximum per household. Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) applicants may receive a 75% rebate for approved expenses up to $2 per gallon and $1,000 maximum.
Visit the website, call (707) 259-5969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for this program comes from the State of California water bond measure, Proposition 84, administered by the California Department of Water Resources, and is subject to funding availability.
Water Wise Landscaping
Selecting appropriate plants, mulching, and frequently adjusting irrigation to match the weather are just a few of the actions you can take to save water in your landscape. Learn more about Water-Wise Gardening in the Napa Valley.
City of Napa Water Conservation
California Urban Water Conservation Council
UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
California Native Plant Society
In September 2009, the Napa County Board of Supervisors authorized County staff to begin outreach on a water conservation program in the unincorporated county, specifically targeting the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay (MST) area. County staff, with input from the agricultural community, the Napa County Resource Conservation District, and the California Department of Fish and Game have come up with some opportunities to help residents, growers, and winery owners alike conserve water.