From hydraulic mining to recreation at the Yuba River, water has played a major role in Nevada City's history and is an important resource for our community. Nevada City is located close to the headwaters and source of our water supply in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our water seems abundant and plentiful but water conservation and efficiency are important. Water is a valuable resource! With inevitable changes in supply and demand caused by changing weather patterns and population growth it has never been more important to look at how we use and value water.
Where does our water come from?
Nevada City sources its water from Little Deer Creek and supplements its water supply with water from NID in months of high usage (June - September). Our actions at the headwaters are very important as they not only affect our own community but every community downstream whether it be ecological, rural, or urban.
Nevada City WaterWise
As part of the statewide move towards more efficient water use, Nevada City has started Nevada City WaterWise. Nevada City WaterWise will not only help save residential water customers money but will help foster sustainability, provide conservation education, take pressure off of aging water treatment and delivery infrastructure, and ensure environmental preservation of our beloved watersheds and waterways.
New state laws [SBX7.7] have mandated all California water suppliers to start using metered billing and to reduce per capita water use. To address this Nevada City installed new water meters and switched to metered billing in 2011. As often happens when switching to metered billing, many residents' water bill increased dramatically. The Nevada City council initiated the WaterWise program to help residents bring those bills back down and under control.
The WaterWise program also aims to guide residents towards the state mandated goal of 20% lower water use by the year 2020. WaterWise may also help Nevada City during the peak-use summer months when it has to buy additional water from NID, as well as stave off spending millions of dollars on infrastructure and water treatment plant renovations.
What are we doing?
FREE Low-Flow Showerheads
Many of us have older homes with older fixtures that use a lot of water. Nevada City WaterWise is offering FREE low-flow showerheads to Nevada City Water Customers. Pick-up your free showerhead at City Hall today. Supplies are limited.
Toilet Rebate Offer
Nevada City WaterWise offers a rebate of up to $50 when you upgrade your old toilet using 3.5 gallons per flush (GPF) or higher to new, high efficiency model.
A toilet using 3.5 GPF or more accounts for roughly 26% of a home's indoor water use. One of the easiest ways to lower your toilet's water use by approximately 62% is to install a high-efficiency toilet (HET), which uses on average 1.3 GPF or less. Although HETs use less water, they remove waste effectively and perform well.
High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program Rules
Toilets must be purchased and installed after April 1, 2012. Toilet installation and rebate application post-mark must be completed within 90 days of purchase and installation.
Rebates are limited to two per single-family residence and one per multi-family dwelling unit. All rebates are subject to availability of funds and may take up to 6 weeks to process. All applications are processed in the order that they are received.
Eligible Toilet Replacement
1. Must replace a working toilet flushing 3.5 GPF or higher.
Determine your existing Toilet's Flush Volume
2. The exact tank and bowl model number of the toilet you purchase must be on the WaterSense HETs list. HET eligibility list (Available in hard copy at City Hall)
3. Standard 1.6 GPF toilets do not qualify
4. New construction and replacement of toilets installed after 1993 do not qualify
5. Toilet installation must be within the Nevada City Water service area and served by an open active Nevada City potable water service account.
6. Old toilets must be disposed of at Nevada City Corp Yard, McCourtney Transfer Station, or by the installing plumber or contractor.
How to Get a Rebate
(For more information on each of these steps visit www.nevadacityca.gov/water)
1. Determine the flush volume of your current toilet by looking for markings near the hinge of the toilet seat or under the lid. Working toilets with a flush volume of 3.5 GPF or higher qualify for replacement rebate.
2. Purchase and install any qualifying HET model(s).
3. Dispose of old toilet at Nevada City Corp Yard (255 Boulder Street, Nevada City, CA 95959, Monday - Thursday 8-4 pm) or McCourtney Transfer Station (14741 Wolf Mountain Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949,Wednesday - Sunday 8am - 3:30pm).
4. Complete and submit an application with original purchaser receipt(s). Contractor's receipt must include applicant's name and/or installation address.
5. If you need your original receipt(s) returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Rebates are issued as credits applied to the Nevada City water service account, except where the applicant for the rebate does not pay the water bill at the address where the toilet is installed. Maximum rebate amount per toilet is up to $50 or the total cost (excluding sales tax and disposal fee), whichever is less.
List of Local Retail Stores that Stock or Special Order WaterSense Toilets*
(This list of local retail stores is not inclusive and should not be considered an endorsement of retailers. Please refer to the model specific list when choosing a toilet - you MUST purchase a model on the WaterSense HET list to qualify for a rebate. )
Sierra Plumbing Supply
1423 La Barr Meadows Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 (530) 477-5168
Hills Flat Lumber
380 Railroad Avenue Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530)273-6171
Ferguson's Showroom and Plumbing Supply
819 Whispering Pines Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 272-1045
B & C True Value
2032 Nevada City Highway Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-6105
D & D Plumbing Supply
775 Zion Street Nevada City, CA 95959 (530) 470-1970
Sustainable Energy Group
Manufacturer Customer Service:
American Standard 1-800-442-1902
ProFlo (Ferfuson) 1-800-221-3379
Water Conservation Websites