Indoor Water Conservation
Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. With a proactive program, Oxnard Water encourages efficient use of our water resources and raises community awareness of water conservation. There are many ways to save water indoors. By simply installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for and promptly repairing leaks, residents can reduce daily water use by up to 35%, saving water and money. Here are some helpful resources.
Get Your Rebate(s) Now
About 50% of Oxnard’s water is supplied by Calleguas Municipal Water District, a Metropolitan Water District member agency. As a sub-agency, Oxnard residents can take advantage of the generous rebates for water efficient fixtures and appliances now being offered at bewaterwise.com. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to apply online. Residential customers can also call (888) 376-3314 with questions and can apply over the phone for device rebates (habla Español).
Save Water in the Bathroom
- Replace the largest water user in your home, your old toilet. If your home was built prior to 1992 and you have the original toilet, then you probably have a water hog. Rebates of $40 per toilet are available for Premium High Efficiency Toilets using 1.1 gallons per flush or less.
- Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket. Save 400 to 600 gallons a month by throwing your trash away instead of flushing it down the toilet.
- Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day. Check for leaky toilets by placing a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, you probably have a leaky flapper, the most common toilet leak. Visit toiletflapper.org to select a new flapper based on your toilet make and model to stop this often silent waste of water.
- Shortening your showers, even by one or two minutes, can save up to 700 gallons per person, per month.
- Turn the faucet off while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
Save Water in the Kitchen
- Do not ignore a leaking or dripping faucet. One drip per second can waste 2,000 gallons per year. Install kitchen faucet aerators that flow at 2 gallons per minute (gpm).
- Consider replacing your dishwasher with a model that saves both water and energy.
- Wash only full loads in your dishwasher and do not pre-rinse dishes.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator over-night, or in the microwave, instead of running water over it.
- Turn the water off. Minimize faucet use when washing dishes.
Save Water in the Laundry
- Since about 15% of the water used inside your home goes to doing laundry, upgrading to a high efficiency washer saves both water and energy. Rebates starting at $85 are available now for clothes washers that meet or exceed the CEE Tier 1 standard.
- Run only full loads of laundry in the clothes washing machine.
Watch these videos to learn how easy it is to apply for rebates (English and Espanol)
Report water waste and leaks
Online at 311.OXNARD.ORG
Water Service Center
(non-emergency issues during business hours)
Phone (805) 385-8136
Fax (805) 385-8137
Water Emergency (24 hours)
Phone (805) 207-0603
Phone (805) 385-3517
Phone (805) 797-7598
Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Alternate Fridays 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Last updated October 23, 2019