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Redwood City’s Landscape Irrigators Invited to Workshop on “Staying Within Your Water Budget”

Redwood City, CA - November 12, 2008 - Redwood City has a new Budget-Based Water Rates Project that will save irrigation customers water and money. It rewards customers with irrigation meters (such as commercial properties and homeowner associations) for staying within their water budget by using water efficiently in their landscape. And, it provides incentives to encourage water savings for those who are currently not staying within their water budget.

To bring irrigation customers up to speed on the details of this program and answer any questions, the City has scheduled a special Irrigation Workshop:

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008
    9 am to noon
    City Hall Council Chambers
    1017 Middlefield Road

In addition to this informational workshop, a Public Hearing on the proposed landscape irrigation Budget Based rate structure will be held on November 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.

The City provides a water budget to irrigation customers who have potable landscape irrigation accounts, such as commercial properties and home owner associations. The budget is based on specific site characteristics such as landscape area and landscape type, and they will change each billing period to reflect actual weather conditions for that period. The budgets are calculated to reflect the ideal amount of water to be applied to the site to maintain a healthy, vibrant landscape. 

The goal is for these irrigation customers to stay within their water budget. To encourage water savings, these customers will pay a significantly lower amount for water used within the budget, and a higher rate for water used beyond the budget.

The City provides assistance to landscape irrigation customers who may be having difficulty staying within their water use budget. Staff will evaluate the condition of their irrigation system, assess its operation, and recommend changes in a detailed report. The report will provide steps that can be taken to stay within their water use budget through recommendations that generally include improved maintenance procedures, cost effective changes in irrigation equipment, and better irrigation scheduling. For more information on water conservation visit

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Justin Ezell
Public Works Services Superintendent
(650) 780-7474


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