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Yuba Water Agency today announced the first results of its pilot project to help Yuba County residents conserve water and save money.
The agency partnered with PG&E and Richard Heath and Associates to bring water conservation measures to homes already being served by PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program, which targets low-income residents for energy-saving improvements. The program officially launched in mid-September, with Yuba Water Agency covering the costs of toilet evaluations and replacements (if needed), outdoor water assessments, meter checks, leak detection and water conservation education, as well as providing conservation tools such as hose nozzles and shower timers.
In just the last two weeks of September, the program served 44 homes. While complete data for October is not yet available, early reports show that more than 100 homes were served in that month alone, now that the program is fully up and running, and contractors have worked through some of the initial growing pains.
While the program is operating throughout Yuba County in coordination with all of the regional water providers, Yuba Water Agency partnered with Linda County Water District specifically to ensure quality data for measuring the program’s success.
“This could be a huge benefit for the people of Yuba County who need it most,” said Yuba Water Agency Director Andy Vasquez. “When you live from paycheck to paycheck, the ability to conserve some water and potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on your water bill means you can spend that money on other things you truly need. It’s nice to see our water conservation efforts having such a personal impact for the people we serve.”
For more information about this water saving program and tips for how you can conserve water in your home, go to www.yubawater.org and search water conservation.