News & Events
May 8, 2015
It Rained, So Give Your Irrigation System the Week Off

With rain coming to Riverside on Thursday night and more rain expected tonight, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is asking customers to give their irrigation systems the week off.

“As our customer-owners know, we’ve got to take proactive steps now to conserve water resources,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. “Shutting off irrigation systems is the easiest thing we can do that can save thousands or even millions of gallons cumulatively each day when it is done citywide.”

One of the newest mandates coming from the State Water Resources Control Board this spring was the rule that all irrigation must be shut off during, and 48-hours after measurable rainfall.

According to the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Riverside received just over a quarter of an inch of rain with Thursday’s storm.  “That’s plenty of water to give those sprinkler systems the week off,” said Balachandran.

“We’re all in this together,” Balachandran said, “so we all have to make the efforts to eliminate water waste and increase conservation. Turning off irrigation after a good rainstorm can really help us in achieving those goals.”

For more information on ways to make your home or business more efficient, and for programs offered by RPU that help pay you to conserve, visit



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